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  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 19, 2013 - 11:37 PM

A I haven’t been able. I’ve tried. I think he’s away on vacation, which is OK for him to do.

 

Q So you’re not sure if you or Pek will get a hug from him, like Kevin Martin did?

A I’m not sure we’ll get a hug, but I’m sure we’ll get a smile.

 

Q Is it harder extending a player a $60 million offer when you’re also a minority team owner?

A No. Listen, I knew one thing coming into this whether you’re a coach, president or owner: Good players are going to get paid. More than likely, the teams that have the highest payrolls are the teams that happen to win. You’ve got to choose the right guys. You want to be sure they have a certain skill. Pek can score on the block, he’s got great strength and he can rebound. I don’t think those things are going to change.

 

Q Given his injury history, are you relieved that Pek won’t be playing in the Euro championships?

A As he said, it was getting to the point where if he didn’t have a proper training camp. … You’re always concerned about anybody with injuries. You want your players to go into any competition properly trained.

 

Q Different situation for Ricky Rubio, who didn’t play a full season last year, and Shved?

A Ricky has been training hard. He hasn’t been locked away, not answering phone calls and hiding from everyone like Pek. He’s doing more cross-training, going on 25-mile bike rides into the mountains around Barcelona and getting out kayaking on the ocean. We’ll have to make sure Ricky, Lexey and J.J. get some time off during training camp or in preseason games. (Barea is playing for Puerto Rico in a world-championship qualifier).

 

Q How probable is it Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng spend some time in the D League?

A I’m a proponent of minor leagues. I was there seven years and had 21 guys called up. It’s a good development league, it’s not a punishment league. Guys can get better and gain confidence. We’re going to try to utilize it. I don’t think we’ve used it very much here in the past. If we send somebody down, we’ll send somebody from our staff with them so they don’t feel we’ve forgotten about them. That’s the biggest thing: You don’t want anyone that goes there to feel they’ve been forgotten.

Now saying that, we might not have anyone go down there this year, but we are very open about it and we’re going to have a very good relationship with our Iowa team. I’ve talked with Glen. We’re going to entertain the opportunity a year or two down the road here of purchasing a hybrid NBDL team.

 

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