Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 5/29/12
MINNEAPOLIS-The Timberwolves announced their two-game preseason schedule for 2012 on Tuesday. The team will face off against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 13 and Maccabi Bazan Haifa, which plays in the Israeli Basketball Super League, on Oct. 16. Both games will tip off at 7 p.m. at the Target Center. The game against Maccabi Bazan Haifa will be the Timberwolves' first-ever game against an international team at the Target Center. The 2007 squad traveled to Istanbul to play a preseason game against Efes Pilsen. "We're extremely excited to host one of Europe's premier teams in Maccabi Bazan Haifa," Timberwolves president Chris Wright said in a release. "As our great game's popularity continues to grow exponentially internationally, it's extremely important that we expose our fans to the best European basketball. The preseason offers us the unique opportunity to play teams from around the world and we look forward to Maccabi's stay in the Twin Cities." Maccabi Bazan Haifa made an interesting hire on April 26, when it brought on former Syracuse assistant Bernie Fine. Fine had coached at Syracuse for 36 years before being fired last November amidst allegations of molestation. Two of the accusers have since admitted their claims were fabricated. The investigation is ongoing, and Fine denies the allegations. Fine joined the Israeli team as a basketball consultant. He is performing his duties from the United States. The Timberwolves played the Bulls once in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, losing 111-100 on Jan. 10.The Bulls finished the season as the Eastern Conference's best team, with a 50-16 record. They fell to Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs. Follow Joan Niesen on Twitter.
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