Derrick Williams tweeted a seven-word message Saturday night that didn't require too much effort reading between the lines. "Anybody ever felt like a caged lion?" the Timberwolves rookie wrote. Williams smiled when asked after Monday's practice if it's time for the lion to be released with Kevin Love set to begin his two-game suspension for planting his size-19 shoe on Houston's Luis Scola's chest and head. "That's funny," Williams said in a tone that suggested he didn't find it funny at all. "That's why you guys are here. I've been ready. I just want to get out there and play a little bit more. I think everybody does. But at the same time, I can't do nothing about that. It's not my decision." Animal analogies aside, Williams clearly seems frustrated with the start of his NBA career. He's averaging only 18 minutes and 7.3 points per game and has not made the kind of impact anticipated of a No. 2 overall draft pick. Love's suspension should create an opportunity for more playing time and a chance to prove himself. Williams admitted he needs to earn the trust of Rick Adelman and the coaching staff.
Williams waiting for a chance to roar
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Feb 7