Nikola Pekovic and Flip Saunders held a little press conference at Target Center. In case you missed it, it’s up at the Wolves’ site.
The almost verbose Pek responded with some candor to typical questions about time, injuries, and what he’s gonna do with all that money.
A few of my faves…
Are you worried about injury problems?
“I want to be 82 for regular season. I mean, the style of how I play, sometimes injuries are part of what I’m doing… Sometimes danger will happen. It’s kind of part of my job. That’s what I’m trying to work on me and medical staff, that the injuries are small. That I only miss a game or two.”
Flip: “That’s something we need to address to as an organization. We are working with Greg our trainer and we are going to be very proactive medically. I’ve been a firm believer, I believe there have been times we’ve over trained players and there’s been a number of injuries we’ve had over the last five or six years and players continue to trainer harder and harder and harder. And there’s got to be a part where we can come to a meeting of the minds between the two. It’s not just Pek’s job, it’s also our jobs to do what we need to do to try to have more situations conducive for our players to play at a high level and not be hurt> We’re going to try to be cutting edge over the last couple months. Not only Pek, but our whole team.”
Why did the negotiation take until now to finish?
“I mean, I was talking the whole time with my agents they said we are going to wait for hits, basically it was only him not me , from my point I said I wanted to stay with Timberwolves… I said I wanted to be with the Timberwolves and that’s all I said.”
Flip: One thing we did when talking to Pek before hand, we’ve got a lot of great fans in Minnesota, but maybe no greater fans of the Timberwolves than his parents who are in Montenegro. As he was telling me, he said his parents get on the internet every game, at two or three in the morning and every time Pek is playing and goes out of a game, and say he goes back to the locker-room to get his uniform changed or something else, his dad or mom at home, they call and ask what’s wrong. So we’ve got two very big fans back in Montenegro so I’m sure Pek will bring back some more Timberwolves gear when he goes back there tomorrow.”