Derrick Williams to Return in Better Shape?
At the end of the 2011-12 season, Timberwolves trainer Gregg Farnam recommended that (Derrick) Williams have his septum fixed. Williams went in for the surgery, and in doing so learned that he actually had several fractures in his nose he didn’t even know about. The fractures were corrected, and the surgery should benefit his breathing, conditioning and endurance on the court.
Obviously, that surgery changed Williams’ training outlook. Still, he was able to begin working out again the day after Memorial Day, and he’s been making rapid progress since then despite coming down with pink eye in the days before this year’s NBA draft.
“I was pleased with what I saw (when) I watched a workout he had last week,” Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said in late June. “It was a very intense, near-two hour workout.”
Not only did Williams decide to follow Love’s lead with his selection of a trainer, but he also seems to have adopted his older teammate’s focus on health. A year ago at the Chicago predraft combine, Williams weighed in at 248 pounds, up from his 241-pound listing on the University of Arizona website. By June 27, though, his weight was down to 233, and Kahn said Williams is hoping to trim down to about 225 before the season.