By Nate Sandell

Another NBA season is finally upon us.

The Minnesota Timberwolves open up their widely hyped 2013-14 campaign tonight against the visiting Orlando Magic (0-1).

And no one is more happy to get the year underway than the Wolves players and coaches, who no longer have to answer the “Are you excited for the season?” questions that have been frequently lobbed their way in the stretch run of the preseason.

“It’s always good to get going,” said Rick Adelman, who kicks off his 23rd season as an NBA head coach. “After exhibitions you get real tired after a while. You want to get going, start the thing and see what you have. That’s where we are. But it’s always a thrill to get started and to be there for another year. It’s never a given.”

Brewer gets starting nod

The decision had been left up to debate throughout the preseason, but Adelman has settled on his starting small forward for the opener.

Corey Brewer is slated to get the start in his first game back in Minnesota after a two-year absence.

Adelman made sure to add the caveat that the wing spot is still very much open to tweaking.

“It could change for the first week or so,” Adelman said pregame. “But I think he’s played well with that starting group and we want to get off to a good start and use his energy. Then we’ll go from there.”

Brewer started the first four games of the preseason before Derrick Williams, Robbie Hummel and Cunningham each got a start in the final three.

Plenty of maneuvering can be expected at the spot in the opening month of the season, with Williams, Cunningham, Hummel and rookie Shabazz Muhammad all options to compete with Brewer for playing time.


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