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Continued: Wolves' Dieng a ready first responder

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 19, 2014 - 1:05 AM

“He played 37 minutes and he handled it,” Adelman said. “You’ve got to give him credit for all the extra work he has been doing.”

Dieng, who averages only seven minutes a game, said doing so has never been a question.

“It just shows I come into this league and I was ready, I was prepared,” Dieng said. “Whether I was going to get minutes or not, I’d keep working. I think you should work more when you don’t play a lot. I didn’t get minutes. I didn’t get frustrated. … I have an All-Star player ahead of me, I have Pek ahead of me. I’m just learning under them. I understand I am a rookie.

“Is it fun? No, but I’ve never been frustrated. I’ve been working, I’ve been on time. I just keep working and hopefully my time will come one day.”

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