Cleveland's first professional sports championship in over 52 years has Karl-Anthony Towns inspired.

The Cavaliers' Game 7 victory over the Golden State Warriors Sunday night was watched by millions of fans throughout the country.  But afterwards, the game had sparked a strong response from one of our own Timberwolves' young studs.

Considering it's been 12 years since the Wolves made the playoffs, this should have fans drooling with excitement!

Besides, now that every team's records have reverted back to zero, it's time to start selling hope for the next season.  But this time, it feels different here in Minnesota.

For the first time in a LONG time, there's some legit optimism surrounding the Wolves franchise heading into next season.  The pieces have slowly been put into place with a good young core of players like Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and even Ricky Rubio who are all 25-years or younger.  

Plus, with new head coach Tom Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden to carry the team into the next phase of development, the Wolves could very well be one of the hottest tickets in the Twin Cities, outside the Vikings, this fall.

Time will tell, of course, on how things will play out this upcoming season, but this Thursday's draft and No. 5 pick (should they choose to keep it) should have a big impact toward shaping the roster into a playoff contending squad.

In any case, seeing the hunger to win from one of the NBA's brightest young stars is good news for Timberwolves' fans.  Even if it is only June 20th.