Timberwolves coach Randy Wittman swears this isn't a game of semantics or a classic case of coachspeak. After practice on Sunday Wittman said he did not have a depth chart. There were no guaranteed starters on his chock-full roster. Not Ricky Davis, not Randy Foye, not Al Jefferson, not anyone.
Not yet anyway.
"Everyone is going to have an opportunity," Wittman said. "Nobody has really stepped up yet. But we've had just two games, and one was against a Turkish team that was hard to evaluate because they played zone all the time."
But opportunity is coming. Tonight the Wolves play in Memphis, beginning a stretch of four preseason games in six nights. Wittman will use those games to look at many different combinations of players.
"After this week, these four games, things will start solidifying themselves a little bit," Wittman said.
With two sets of back-to-back games everyone will get extended looks, as few players will get significant time in each game. By the time the week is over Wittman will have a much better idea of how the team stacks up, depthwise.
Foye (left knee tendinitis) and Sebastian Telfair (left ankle sprain) missed practice again Sunday. Telfair did not accompany the team to Memphis. Foye went but likely won't play either tonight or tomorrow in Atlanta.
"It's patellar tendinitis," Foye said. "Two-a-days kind of caught up to me."
Foye has been working the muscles around the knee hoping to ease the tendinitis, which he dealt with a bit during his summer workouts.