MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Timberwolves bruiser Nikola Pekovic has shown up for training camp looking noticeably slimmer and more sculpted than he did last season.
The Timberwolves reported for training camp in Mankato on Tuesday. They are counting on Pekovic to be a major part of the push for their first playoff appearance since 2004 and the big center from Montenegro looks like he's ready.
After a breakout season in his second year in the league, Pekovic had surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle in the offseason. He says his ankle feels great and he changed his diet and workout habits to cut some of his body fat.
When asked where all the weight he lost went, Pekovic says ``to my muscles.''

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