Nikola Pekovic (Achilles) was working out with a medicine ball at Monday's practice.
Pekovic appeared to be in good shape during the workout, as he was reportedly tossing the medicine ball up to 20 rows up the stands from the sidelines. The big man will continue to work on core exercises and implement other light activity as he continues to rehab his right Achilles' tendon, but there's been no word on when he might be cleared to resume basketball-related activities. He's expected to sit out at least the first several weeks of the regular season.
Pekovic has been plagued by ankle/Achilles issues for the last couple of seasons, and he was limited to only 31 games in 2014-15.
He underwent Achilles surgery in April and was initially given a 5-6 month timetable. It appears as though he's slightly behind in his recovery, and at this point it's very unlikely that he's available when the regular season begins at the end of October.
Even when healthy, Pekovic figures to see a reduced role, as Kevin Garnett is expected to start at center. The Wolves also feature Gorgui Dieng, as well as rookie Karl Anthony Towns, who will see minutes at both power forward and center.
Pekovic will miss the rest of the season as he recovers from the surgery and there is no timetable on his return.
In 31 games, Pekovic averaged 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds.
He's about to have Achilles tendon surgery, which ended his 2014-15 season early, and he's beginning to worry about the impact of all of these injuries down the road.
"Of course I am,’" he said. "I’m pretty much worrying about how this is going to affect my life in 10 years. I mean, I’m still thinking about basketball [too]. But when you deal so much with something like this. … It’s a big deal, I think."
Pekovic said that the surgery was "the last thing I could try" to alleviate the pain, per the Star Tribune.
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