Adelman: Williams ‘Better Be’ Ready
Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman usually is a man of few words, and he becomes one of even fewer still when asked if second-year forward Derrick Williams is better prepared now than he was two months ago to seize opportunity.
“He better be,” Adelman said. “I mean, he better be.”
Williams is getting a second chance now that All-Star forward Kevin Love has broken his shooting hand for a second time in three months.
Williams started the first nine games this season when Love was out after breaking his hand the first time, in October. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 draft received that distinction even though Dante Cunningham clearly had outplayed him in the preseason, but Adelman preferred Cunningham’s energy and defense off the bench.
When Love returned just before Thanksgiving, Williams quickly found himself mostly buried on the bench.