Gorgui Dieng at the door.

Preparing to step onto the practice floor at the Yum! practice center on Floyd Street for the first time in over three weeks, according to Rick Pitino on his Wednesday radio show.Gorgui-return

Gotta get back in playing shape quickly, the coach expecting him to be ready by Dec. 22 against Bobby Petrino U at Nashville. That would be three days later than the University of Louisville basketball coach had originally projected.

Don’t be surprised, however, if he sees playing time against Florida International on the 19th, inspired by Teddy Bridgewater’s example against Rutgers. Pitino has never been good at predicting medical stuff anyway.

Pitino says Dieng is out of shape but we’re hearing the big guy has never stopped working out, knowing how difficult his return would be otherwise. He thrives on challenges, always has, and this is probably one of his easier ones.

Come on in, Gorgui.

Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.