MINNEAPOLIS -- Already, a door has been cracked.
It's far from an ideal opportunity: after an offseason fraught with talk of staying healthy, the hiring of new athletic training staffers, and optimism aplenty at the prospects of what a non-maligned Timberwolves bunch could achieve, a starter goes down. Before training camp. With an injury to a knee doctors said was 100 percent.
But Chase Budinger's sudden and surprising cartilage damagealso gives a handful of Minnesota players a crack at making a more indelible mark during training camp -- maybe later, too, depending upon the small forward's to-be-determined status.
Corey Brewer may become a starter again, at least temporarily. Derrick Williams' chances of proving he's a viable three increase. Rookie Shabazz Muhammad gets more reps. Even Dante Cunningham, who is much more of a power forward, might see some preseason time on the wing, president of basketball operations Flip Saunders said Friday during a press c...