MINNEAPOLIS Sometimes it's easier not to listen.
Sometimes, the best decision is to ignore, to forget about opinions and conjecture. Sometimes, the only thing to do is to play basketball.
On Friday afternoon, Derrick Williams and Wes Johnson stood at center court in the Minnesota Timberwolves' practice facility. They weren't the tallest players present at minicamp, or even the most toned. But they stood apart, talking, watching, at ease.
In that rare instance, they were the players who belonged. They were the ones with the most stability, the most NBA experience, the highest ceilings. Some might say they shouldn't have been there, among more than a dozen players who might never make the NBA. Some might say their very presence was an insult, but as tempting as that line of thought might be, that's not how Williams and Johnson are looking at it.
Williams was the second overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, Johnson the fourth the year before. Both seemed poised to be successful upon...