MINNEAPOLIS -- With his downturned gaze and slight figure, Luke Ridnour's 6'2" frame is just average enough to render him normal.
He'd be hard to recognize on the street, where many NBA players draw stares for nothing more than their sheer size, and there aren't crowds of fans wearing Ridnour jerseys dotting the stands at the Target Center each night at least not yet.
But that's the atmosphere in which the Timberwolves guard has learned to thrive this year: beside the spotlight, rather than in it. In being forced to search for a role, Ridnour has found one, to more success than he's yet seen in Minnesota.
With the arrival of two point guards, rookie Ricky Rubio and veteran J.J. Barea, before the season, it may have seemed as if there was no place for Ridnour on the 2012 Timberwolves squad. But with the addition of Rubio to the starting lineup and Barea's injury, Ridnour has played his way into a new set of responsibilities, and he's having what could become a career year.