Timberwolves rookie Gorgui Dieng tweaks ankle in scrimmage


Now is the time of year when basketball players — trying to get in shape before camp — start getting nagging injuries. Some of these are far more serious than others.

The Minnesota Timberwolves may feel like they are owed some good injury Karma after last season, but on Friday this happened to rookie center Gorgui Dieng.

Doesn’t sound too bad. Which is good news for the Timberwolves and Dieng (the No. 21 pick and a key backstop in Louisville’s national title run).

Dieng is going to be battling with Ronny Turiaf and Chris Johnson for the minutes behind Nikola Pekovic at the five. Dieng is the one of that group who really needs training camp, he told PBT at Summer League the speed and athleticism of the game was making him feel a little overwhelmed at first. And that was Summer League, not actual NBA basketball.

Expect to hear a lot of little things like this, even as camps open in just over a week. The key is to separate the serious from the minor, and this sounds kind of minor.