Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Training Camp, Day 2: Wolves weigh in on flopping flap

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves injury report, Wolves practice news, Wolves training camp, Wolves news Updated: October 4, 2012 - 10:39 AM

Rick Adelman gave the Wolves a break on Wednesday after working them for nearly four hours in Tuesday's opening training-camp practice:

They only practiced for three hours.

Brandon Roy reported that he felt as good on Wednesday as he did Tuesday, even though he only participated in the first part of the practice-ending scrimmage because Adelman doesn't want to push him to the limit with long practices coming up in Mankato Thursday and Friday.

"I feel good," Roy said. "I won't say, `surprisingly' because I've been working pretty hard this summer. I was confident today would go good. My energy level, I felt almost better than yesterday. That's a good sign.

"I did everything. I start the scrimmages but Coach says, `When you come out, you're done.' So after the first five, six minutes, I subbed out because mainly right now we are going three hours on back-to-back days. He just wants to be smart. During the season, I'll go the full hour, hour and a half. He wants to do hold back so I don't wear down so much right now."

Chase Budinger was back participating fully in Wednesday's scrimmage after he sat most of Tuesday's scrimmage because of a hamstring injury that flared up last week.

Dante Cunningham was the one who sat this time after he tweaked an ankle.

Adelman reported that Derrick Williams followed Tuesday's impressive practice with another good day on Wednesday.

"He's pretty spry today," Adelman said.

The topic of conversation at practice Wednesday was the NBA's decision to level hefty fines to players they deemed via a video review from the league offices "flop" in regular-season games and the NBA Players Association decision to fight that decision.

It was a topic of conversation mainly because us media types kept asking about it, but Roy said it'll be the talk of the locker room as well.

Here's what Adelman and players had to say about it in a story for Thursday's paper.

For those asking, btw, all training-camp practices in Mankato are closed to the public and there will be no preseason game or public scrimmage held there. The Wolves will have some kind of open-house event when they return to Minneapolis.

I'll blog at you Thursday from here in Mankato.

 

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