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Quote of the Day: Derrick Williams doesn’t pass the buck

Jul 15, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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“If I had played a little better, maybe we wouldn’t be having this talk,” Williams said Friday, July 13, on the first day of the Timberwolves’ minicamp at Target Center to prepare for next week’s NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. “I had an up-and-down rookie season. I know I can play better than what I did. Hopefully, I can play better next season.”

via Wolves’ Williams concedes his play led to trade rumors By Ray Richardson –

That’s Wolves forward Derrick Williams on trade rumors surrounding him possibly being sent to the Trail Blazers in a possible sign-and-trade for Nicolas Batum as Portland weighs matching Minnesota’s offer for Batum or arranging a sign-and-trade with the Timberwolves.

In an NBA where players are understandably defensive due to the fan and media criticism, where so many guys pass the buck to injuries, teammates, coaches, personal lives, whatever, it’s really nice to see a young player entering his second season actually taking responsibility.

Williams is young, and has a lot of games ahead of him. He’s not the youngest with so many years in college, but he’s still got a lot of upside. His tweener status makes things difficult, as does where he’s at in Minnesota. He could play the 3 on some teams, but not with how he fits with the Wolves. He could play the 4 for a lot of teams, but not with Kevin Love in Minnesota. A fresh start wouldn’t be the worst thing for him. The Wolves were shopping the No.2 pick they used on him up until the last minute for a reason.

But this kind of quote should stand out. He could lash out, or blame coaching, or management or teammates. He could just talk about how he’s not worried about it and only focused on the future. But he owns up to it. Wish we saw more of this from players in the league. Cheers, Derrick.

  1. minnesota32 - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    “He’s not the youngest with so many years in college…”

    Two years of college is a long time now?

  2. mikeincmn - Jul 15, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Khan really doesn’t have a clue…

    • rooney24 - Jul 15, 2012 at 11:20 PM

      In what regard? By keeping him? By trying to trade him? Please clarify your statement, or do you just hate Khan and don’t have an actual reason.

  3. getadealdonealready - Jul 15, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Seems like a quality kid, hope he plays better this year!

  4. timpaz - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    From his time at Arizona,this kid has always been a class act, NBA needs more like him.

  5. jebdamone - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    bottom line is we need d Williams to become a good 3. he was very up and down last year but trading a #2 overall pick after one (shortened) season is idiotic in my opinion. I believe that as he becomes more comfortable in the nba and if he can develop a consistent outside shot he will be just fine.

  6. Justin - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    If they did dangle him to Portland for Batum in a sign-and-trade than Portland not accepting might be the dumbest thing they could have done in that situation. Depends on 3 things: Williams progression, Whether they match the Batum offer sheet, and whether Batum progresses to an all-star like his salary dictates. We’ll only know in 3 or 4 years.

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