MINNEAPOLIS When it comes to Derrick Williams, hyperbole has not been a problem for the Timberwolves' coaching staff. In his rookie season, 2011's second overall pick was inconsistent and raw, so that even when he had a good night, it had to be qualified. It wasn't just "Derrick did well," but rather, "Derrick did well; maybe he can keep it up."
He never did.
That's why Tuesday is notable. Williams has never been the subject of more than cautious applause from coaches, and it takes more than just good effort to get Rick Adelman to say anything that even borders on outright praise. And yet just minutes after the Timberwolves' four-hour practice in Mankato ended, Adelman was speaking in absolutes.
"Today, he was terrific," Adelman said of Williams.
"Today was a totally different day for him."
Considering the source, there's ample reason for optimism. Williams might be flirting with redemption on this, the eve of his second season, and he seems to be doing things the right way th...