Practice Report: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013

Alex Conover
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At the request of his wife, Mary Kay, Wolves coach Rick Adelman gave more details at practice on the ailment that has kept her in the hospital.

Adelman missed the last 11 games for Minnesota, and the team has been mum on the reason why for several weeks—until today.

“My wife got a little upset,” Adelman said. “She said, ‘why don’t you just tell them what’s going on?’ I said ‘well, what do you want me to tell them?’ So she had some seizures, and it’s just a process now.”

One of the reasons that Adelman took so much time off was that the doctors did not know exactly what caused the seizures. He mentioned that sometimes they may be induced by a bump to the head or a sickness, but the medical staff still does not know why Mary Kay went into seizure.

“We don’t know why, we have no clue why it happened,” Adelman said. “Now it’s just how do you manage them and how do you move forward? Today was one more of those days. The good thing is she’s home, and I’m looking forward to getting back in the game. I’m hoping to get a win, that would be the best thing.”

Several Wolves players commented that having Adelman back around practice the last few days has been uplifting.

It’s great,” Nikola Pekovic said. “The rest of the coaches have done a great job, but having coach here is great because we know that he has gone through some difficulty. We are just going to try to push.

“Of course he is our coach. He is the main guy, and I know there’s a lot more confidence in the guys with him on the bench. With him, he gives us our confidence.”

Pek, Shved expected to play Wednesday

More good news for the Timberwolves as they enter a pivotal six-game home stand beginning Wednesday against the Clippers. Wolves center Nikola Pekovic and guard Alexey Shved each participated in practice again on Tuesday and both are expected to play beginning Wednesday.

“I feel good,” Pekovic said. “I’ve been practicing for the last few days. I feel ready for tomorrow.”

Pekovic and Shved have missed the last five games with a right quad contusion and a sprained left ankle, respectively. Their last game was against the Clippers when L.A. visited on Jan. 17.

Pek said the Wolves had bad luck with injuries in the first half. Now, they’re hoping to leave that behind them as they make a push before and after the All-Star Break.

Guard Luke Ridnour agreed.

“Alexey and Pek, just to see them healthy is good,” Ridnour said. “We’re going to get a boost. We have six games here at home where we can try to make a run. We’ve been saying that for a couple weeks, but we need to do something about it.”

Johnson and Gelable extended

Much has happened in the 11 games that coach Adelman missed. Minnesota went 2-9 during the stretch and acquired two new players—Chris Johnson and Mickael Gelabale—through 10-day contracts. On Tuesday, the team extended both players to second contracts of the same duration.

Adelman is confident that he will find a way to adjust the rotation to his liking.

“I think it’ll be okay,” Adelman said of his lineup. “Ricky wasn’t starting when I left, and he’s starting now. I [have] got to figure out how I’m going to play them out on the court, I’ll talk to the coaches. But I don’t think it will take very long.”

While Adelman was with his wife he stayed connected with the team by watching every game live. He already has a good feel for what to expect from Johnson, as he spent time with the Wolves in training camp this year before being released at the end of the preseason.

“We liked Chris in training camp, and it was just numbers,” Adelman said. “We had to let him go. Both of them have played very well. Gelly gives us someone who can play behind AK [Andrei Kirilenko], and I think he’s gotten better. I like them both.”

Gelabale made it crystal-clear that he is not resting on his laurels; he is working hard on securing a spot on this team.

“I am going to give everything I got and try to stay,” Gelabale said. “If they sign me for more than this, I need to improve. I need to do more. I know i have to improve to get a second chance; my agent told me, ‘if you play well, they might sign you for 10 more days’ so that’s what I’m going to do to stay here.”

Quick Hits

  • Luke Ridnour on the possibility of Alexey Shved being selected for NBA All-Star Weekend’s BBVA Rising Stars Challenge: “I think he’s played well, even Derrick [Williams]. I think it’s good to get guys in the All-Star game no matter what it is.”

  • Johnson on getting feedback from Adelman during his time away: “He’s been watching games, he let me know yesterday what i need to work on more. I need to continue to keep running the floor like I am and continue to bring energy.”

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