Originally written April 03, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
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MINNEAPOLIS See the point guard collapsed on the court, clutching his right ankle? The one the Minnesota Timberwolves struggled to replace in the fourth quarter of Monday's 116-108 loss in Sacramento, the one who'd denied injuries for weeks despite bruises and ice packs, constant stiffness and pain?He was supposed to be traded. At least, that's what speculation said. It's what common sense would have dictated after signing Ricky Rubio and J.J. Barea. Who needs Luke Ridnour? He's undersized, older, not much of a household name, a third point guard that seemed like one too many. In December and again in early March, Ridnour seemed dispensable. But instead of trading or benching him as the cries for Rubio to start echoed through the Target Center in early January, Minnesota coach Rick Adelman built his offense in Minnesota around Ridnour, to a certain extent. Because as much as benching Rubio to open the season made a statement about earning minutes and where a roo...
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