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Minnesota Timberwolves Training Camp 2011: No. 2 Pick Derrick Williams Ready To Start Pro Career

A lot of attention in the Minnesota Timberwolves' training camp will be on Ricky Rubio and new head coach Rick Adelman, which could be a good thing for No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams, who arrived at camp and is trying to get accustomed to the NBA as quick as possible.

He nearly had to wait a year to do that, too -- Williams was so worried about the season being canceled, he almost signed a contract in Spain that may have prevented him from returning to the T-Wolves after the lockout [via Washington Post]: 

"Good thing I didn’t (sign)," Williams said. "I’m still here and I’m just glad we’re about to play." [...]

"It’s just good to get out there and play again," Williams said. "I haven’t played a game since march so it was good to get out there again."

Of course, Williams is also paying attention to his new point guard and head coach:

"[Rubio's] a great passer," Williams said. "He caught me off guard a few times with his behind-the-back passes." [...]

"[Adelman's] going to work with what he has and I think we have the perfect team full of athletes who can run," Williams said. "A lot of us can shoot and I expect us to get up and down the court a lot."

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