MINNEAPOLIS "What do you mean?" Rick Adelman had to ask, his dry laugh cracking. The reporter who'd asked the question didn't know better. He was with the visiting team, and he'd seen the box scores. He'd seen that Derrick Williams hadn't been playing, never more than 15 minutes since Nov. 21. He'd seen that 2011's No. 2 pick had sat, had become a "DNP" in three of the team's past eight games.
He wondered what was going on, and he asked where Williams stood. It was an open-ended prod, a vague hint of the underlying, bigger issue. What has happened to Derrick Williams, and whose fault is it?
And so the Minnesota Timberwolves coach answered with the most blunt of dispatches.
"Kevin Love was hurt," he said. "Everything changes for players when people come back and you get your normal rotation. ... You play the people who you think give you the best chance to win. And if you're a coach in this league and you don't do that, you're really stupid."
Take that sound byte alone, and Adel...