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.

That's a wrap: Wolves call it a camp in Mankato

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves injury report, Wolves players, Wolves training camp, Wolves news Updated: October 5, 2012 - 7:00 PM

The Wolves finished their first training-camp practice in Mankato, grabbed a bunch of Chipotle burritos and bowls ordered for them and then bused back to Minneapolis this afternoon.

Rick Adelman declared the four days a success, even if his team's passing offense is ahead of the defense.

"I think you'll see a lot of deficiencies when we play somebody else, but that's fine," he said. "That's what exhibition season is for."

And that preseason begins Wednesday against Indiana in Fargo, N.D.

A couple quick things here before I, too, head home from Mankato:

* Brandon Roy declared himself happy and healthy, having survived four long practices in four days quite well, thank you.

"The body's tired, but the knees feel good," he said.

* The Wolves came through these four days fairly healthy. A few players sat out parts of some practices because of minor things. Malcolm Lee, for example, sat out the end of today's practice just like he did Thursday's because of groin tightness.

* Adelman mentioned Alexey Shved's shooting and the way Derrick Williams ran the floor when he was asked who stood out in camp.

* Adelman also said it's too early to really tell about the players with non-guaranteed contract in camp, but then he mentioned that former LSU center Chris Johnson, a 6-11 shot blocker, as a guy with a unique set of skills.

* This is kinda interesting: When I asked Adelman what kind of shape his three Olympians are in after a long summer, he basically said Kirilenko and Shved are fine but said Love is going to have to play himself back in the shape he was in last season.

That's all from Mankato for this year.

The Wolves will practice Saturday at Target Center.

I'll blog at you then.

 

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