Wolves lose to Mavs, Flynn headed to D-League, Webster participates in scrimmage and more
Recaps of tonight's loss in Dallas:
Prior to slipping on the newly designed Wolves uniform this year, point guard Jonny Flynn may sport the turquoise Skyforce jersey in a short Sioux Falls stint. At practice on Monday afternoon in Minneapolis, Flynn spoke about the next step in his upcoming return to the NBA floor.
"I think that’s the best thing for me. You know, getting the speed back, there are so many little integral things you have to get back from staying away from the game of basketball for four months. You have to get your timing back, figure out the speed of the game again, got to get back to seeing what you can and can’t do. So, I think that is going to be a great measure for me down in the D-League."
That reason is his first game action since April. He hopes to play 35 minutes against the Iowa Energy, and, if all goes well, he could play his first NBA game next week. There's also a chance he could play as many as three D League games.
"I'm excited just to get back out there," said Flynn, who has been practicing for the past month. "I just want to get a game feel. Go out there and just play as long as I can play, as hard as I can play and see how I respond to that."
Flynn will practice with the Wolves on Thursday afternoon in San Antonio, then fly to Minneapolis and on to Sioux Falls. He said he prefers to debut by playing a full game rather than play shorter minutes at NBA speed right away.
Rambis said Martell Webster, recovering from minor back surgery on Oct. 25, participated in about 10 minutes of full-contact scrimmaging in Tuesday's practice. It was the second consecutive day Webster was involved in scrimmage activity.
Rambis still had no update on when Webster might be ready to play. Webster has steadily increased his workouts and rehab work since undergoing surgery to remove part of a herniated disk in his lower back.
Briefly: Backup center Nikola Pekovic, recovering from a sprained left ankle on Nov. 12, practiced Tuesday but is not ready to play, Rambis said. Pekovic did not accompany the team to Dallas.
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Hall of fame former Laker Magic Johnson, explaining to the Los Angeles Times why he gave the Timberwolves a pregame speech before their 99-94 loss in Los Angeles last month: "...My old teammate, Kurt Rambis, is coaching the Timberwolves. They're bad. So I tried to help them. I knew they were not going to beat the Lakers."