Serge Ibaka and Gorgui Dieng

MINNEAPOLIS —Timberwolves general manager Milt Newton remembers the former Gorgui Dieng.

That’d be the lanky Senegalese kid with a wingspan of more than 7 feet who, at one point, didn’t understand the concept of goaltending. Even in college, he couldn’t grasp why his freshman season ended when Louisville fell in the Sweet 16.

The old Gorgui sometimes appeared awkward with a basketball in his hands; after all, he’d rarely picked one up before attending the Sports for Education and Economic Development Academy in Thies, Senegal his first three years of high school. From there, he earned an invite to the 2009 Basketball Without Borders clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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