“We don’t really have an etched-in-stone timetable, anything can happen,” Flynn said. “We’re just going to take our time to make sure I get out there healthy. If that’s the first game of the regular season, so be it. If that’s the middle of November, so be it. But whenever I’m healthy and feel I can go out there and play 100 percent, that’s when I’ll be out there.”
Wolves coach Kurt Rambis said the Timberwolves won’t know what they have as a team this season until Flynn is healthy.
“We’ll never know what we have as ballclub until he gets back and gets comfortable,” Rambis said. “Even when he’s back healthy and ready to play, he has to get used to playing with everybody and everybody has to get used to him.”
So, essentially, Kurt Rambis is keeping expectations low. Probably not a bad idea.
Flynn was hampered by his sore hip in the final few weeks of his rookie season, and even sat out the finale after starting the Wolves' first 81 games. The injury also kept him from taking part in the Vegas Summer League, and he finally decided to have the hip surgically repaired.
Dr. Marc Philippon, a specialist at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., stitched up the labrum, which is cartilage that stabilizes the joint, and shaved down part of the hip bone that had been hindering Flynn's movement. The procedure typically requires three to four months of recovery, which means Flynn could be expected to return in early November or December.
Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune can confirm Marc J. Spears’ earlier report that Wolves starting point guard Jonny Flynn needs hip surgery. In fact, as Zgoda reports on Twitter, Flynn will have that surgery today:
Flynn’s absence during his recovery period will limit the Wolves’ options at point guard. Free-agent signee Luke Ridnour will likely earn the starting gig, with Sebastian Telfair, obtained last night from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Ramon Sessions, getting backup minutes.
The cruelest irony in this situation is that Sessions is very likely the best of the three players, and the minutes he could have soaked up with Flynn out would have inflated his value around the league, allowing GM David Kahn to get more in return for him.