Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 12/11/12
MINNEAPOLIS No one wants to talk about anything but Ricky Rubio. When's he coming back? (Yet to be determined.) What does he do best? What does he bring to the team? How will he change it? How does he look in practice. And for a week, the Timberwolves have been waxing poetic, with so few new details and so much praise. On Tuesday, Andrei Kirilenko put it perfectly. When asked about playing with the rookie point guard in practice, Kirilenko came so close to launching into typical the laundry list of praise. He makes everyone around him better, Kirilenko said. He can And then the veteran stopped and laughed. The list was silly. "I'm just trying to give compliments for everything he is doing," he said. "He is just a great player." What a great perspective. Theres nothing new to praise, not two weeks into Rubio practicing as everyone awaits his arrival with bated breath. Hes good, great even. Thats it. In terms of a return date, after Adelmans rare candid details yesterday (theyd be meeting to discuss a return date soon, the schedule isnt exactly conducive to slotting him in right now), no new information came out Tuesday. That doesnt mean Rubio wont be playing against Denver Wednesday, just that, as usual, we wont know until the last minute. Kevin Love not quite full strength: Love made it very clear after his 36-point outing Friday that one game does not necessarily mean hes back. Today, he said that his hand is "still getting there" and that he hopes that be January he'll have hit his stride. Andrew Bynum turning into Brandon Roy?: Philadelphias big man, who's yet to play a game this season, went on the record Monday to provide an update on his bad knee(s). He told the Delaware County Times: "Health is going to be an issue. There's nothing I can really do about it. It's arthritis in the knees. Cartilage is missing. That's not going to regrow itself. Maybe in the future, the next three to five years, there may be something out there that really does help. For right now, it's a waiting game." Brandon Roy, anyone? Maybe Bynum isn't quite as sympathetic as Roy, but it's still a shame if he befalls the same fate as the shooting guard, falling from one of the league's best at his position to someone clinging to the hope of playing. It'll be interested to see in the next few days and weeks what information (preferably from doctors) comes out about Bynum and where exactly his knees stand on the spectrum from wobbly to shot. Another interesting wrinkle: Unlike Roy, who had years of salary owed him due to his amnesty, Bynum is in a contract year, with even more incentive to get out there and play. Follow Joan Niesen on Twitter.
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