Jerry Zgoda: Thibs says Bjelica is available to play and will some tonight
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Bjelica has missed 11 games since sustaining the injury Nov. 22 against Orlando. “It’s probably going to be at least another week or so,’’ Thibodeau said. “So you have to be patient. He’s doing a lot better. But we want to make sure he’s completely ready.’’
Jon Krawczynski: Thibs says Bjelica is still a week away or so
John Meyer: Nemanja Bjelica is out again tonight. I think it’s time for a little more clear update on his injury and timeline for return.
Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau ruled Nemanja Bjelica out tonight because of that mid-foot sprain in the same left foot that required surgery last March.
Kyle Ratke: Bjelica out tonight. Teague is questionable.
Jon Krawczynski: No Bjelica tonight
Wolves starting point guard Jeff Teague and backup forward Nemanja Bjelica will miss their second consecutive game each this afternoon against Phoenix at Target Center.
Bjelica’s left mid-foot sprain is the the same foot on which he had surgery last March. Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said the team has consulted with the surgeon who performed Bjelica’s surgery and said he isn’t concerned that the sprain is related or a recurrence.
Jerry Zgoda: Nemanja Bjelica won’t play today, either
Jerry Zgoda: Jeff Teague (right Achilles soreness) and Nemanja Bjelica (left mid-foot sprain) are both questionable for tomorrow’s matinee with the Suns at TC
Darren Wolfson: FWIW, source close to Bjelica: “(It’s) not bad.” Sure Thibs will address it postgame.
Jerry Zgoda: Bjelica out tonight vs Heat because of a left mid-foot sprain
After rehab — and a three-week vacation in his native Serbia — Bjelica has been working out in Minneapolis waiting to get back on the court and regain a feeling that, last year, was so fleeting. “I had a great summer,” he said. “I worked hard, and I’m ready for the season. To be honest with you, I didn’t expect that I would play in the preseason games. And I played in all three. I feel great. I’m ready, I’m 100 percent.”
“He was out for a long time,” Thibodeau said. “But the entire training camp, he hasn’t missed anything. I think the more he plays the better it is for him. I think he’s building chemistry with the second unit, and that’s important. But there is a long way to go.”
Jerry Zgoda: Thibs said Bjelica will play some tonight
Jerry Zgoda: Thibs on Bjelly: “He’s moving good in practice.That doesn’t mean he’s ready for a game.He’s close, though.Maybe we’ll get him a few minutes”
Jerry Zgoda: Wolves just completed their 8th camp practice in La Jolla. No Bjelica again today. He’ll rejoin team in Anaheim Saturday at the latest
John Meyer: Bjelica says he’s optimistic about being ready for the start of the season. Also said he didn’t want to leave MPLS. Loved the summer here.
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that Nemanja Bjelica underwent successful surgery this afternoon to repair a fractured navicular bone in his left foot. The surgery was performed at Hospital For Special Surgery in New York by Dr. Martin O’Malley in collaboration with Timberwolves Team Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Diane Dahm of Mayo Clinic. As previously stated, Bjelica will miss the remainder of the season.
Jerry Zgoda: Nemanja Bjelica out for season with foot injury. Story following.
Darren Wolfson: Still awaiting MRI results. Bjelica was on crutches, per @Jerry Zgoda. Told initial thought on Lance is not as bad as last time. #Twolves twitter.com/abussewitz10/s…
Nemanja Bjelica left the locker room after the game wearing a protective boot and on crutches and, according to Thibodeau, will have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) done on his left ankle on Thursday.
Jerry Zgoda: Bjelica injured his ankle in the second quarter and is doubtful to return
Alexander Raskovic: Unfortunately, Nemanja Bjelica will not be able to play with Serbian NT due to injury at 2016 Rio Olympic Games! #Rio2016 #RioOlympics
Darren Wolfson: Told this is a different injury from the foot injury he had in February. Also told it’s minor. #twolves – RT: Alexander Raskovic: Unfortunately, Nemanja Bjelica will not be able to play with Serbian NT due to injury at 2016 Rio Olympic Games! #Rio2016 #RioOlympics
The Serbian national team will have to cope without Nemanja Bjelica in the Olympic Games of Rio. The Minessota Timberwolves forward undergone some detailed recent examinations which showed that he needs at least three more weeks of rehabilitation and work in order to recover from his right foot injury. “I am very attached to the national team and I’m so sorry that I will not be in the team of the Olympic Games in Rio”, stated Bjelica. “For seven years I spent every summer with the national team and it’s now difficult to accept that I won’t be able to help them in such a large even like the Olympic Games.
Nemanja Bjelica is unlikely to play for Serbia in Olympic Qualifying Tournament, as reported by Novosti. The Serbian forward suffered a leg injury and will remain in the USA for several weeks trying to recover from the injury, as requested by the Timberwolves.
Darren Wolfson: Told no minutes restriction for Nemanja Bjelica’s return tonight. Hope that means that we will see plenty of him. #twolves
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June 17, 2018 | 10:15 pm EDT Update
If that “somewhere else” was OKC, how would the fanbase react considering they are still applying aloe vera to soothe the burns of two summers ago? Newly elected Oklahoma City mayor David Holt is a lifelong Oklahoman. He served as chief of staff under the previous mayor, Mick Cornett. The two played significant roles in bringing professional basketball to The Big Friendly. “I am fully aware how Thunder fans have felt since July 4, 2016, because I feel it, too,” Holt said. “And I think we’ll feel that way forever if the status quo is maintained. Yet all KD would have to say is ‘I choose you,’ and virtually all fans would forgive him.”
Gabe Ikard was an All-American lineman for the Oklahoma Sooners. Now retired from football, the longtime Thunder fan co-hosts Franchise Players for 107.7 The Franchise in Oklahoma City. Those dual titles grant him solid insight on the psyche of the fanbase. “Durant’s departure to the Golden State Warriors resulted in the biggest backlash to a player’s free-agency decision in the history of sports,” Ikard said. “I’m not quite sure he expected that extreme of a reaction. I’m not sure Oklahomans thought that they would react so severely to his decision either. “But,” he added, “no one thought it would be Golden State. I find it hard to believe people that say they would not welcome him back,” Ikard said. “It’s easy to call him a snake and cupcake now. But if he was dropping 40-plus in Thunder blue again, a lot of fans would find forgiveness quickly.”