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Derrick Williams elected to shoot a three-pointer instead of a free throw at practice, and his missed forced him to run some solo wind sprints.
Derrick Williams found himself the victim of … himself on Monday. At the Minnesota Timberwolves' scrimmage at the Target Center, Williams was seen running full-court wind sprints by himself for approximately five minutes, according to the Pioneer Press. Williams' side lost the scrimmage, so he was asked to make a shot to determine whether or not he and his teammates had to run sprints.
Apparently, the losing team generally gets to choose which shot they want to make, and it's often a free throw. It's an easy shot, and that means no sprints a high percentage of the time. Williams went ahead and went for a three pointer, and missed.
"Up until today, he had been making pretty good decisions in camp," a smiling (coach Rick) Adelman said. "Unfortunately, he missed."
As punishment for missing the shot, he had to run the sprints, but as noted above, he ran them alone as further punishment for making a "bad decision." As the piece notes, Williams was cheered on by his teammates as he ran the sprints, so it was all a light affair regardless. Still, this goes to show you should always take the easier shot.