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Kevin Love injury gives Derrick Williams an opportunity

The Minnesota Timberwolves are unquestionably in a bad position given the injury to All-Star Kevin Love, but not everybody in the organization is planning on hitting the panic button just yet. According to the Pioneer Press, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor sees this as an opportunity for other players to step up and make names for themselves.

"Derrick Williams, the No. 2 guy in the (2011) draft, said he got himself ready, so he's going to get a shot at it. Dante Cunningham didn't feel he was getting a chance on the team (Memphis) he was on and wanted to move, and we brought him here, so he'll get a chance.

Taylor followed that up by saying "Let's see if one of those guys can step up." He also noted that the injury is disappointing, and that he'd rather have Love out there in any event, given that he's their star player. Still, his point does make sense in that some of the younger players will get a chance to step up.

Love will be out for at least six weeks with two broken bones in his right hand (his shooting hand). Ricky Rubio is also missing some time to start the season so it's going to be make or break time early on for some of these younger players.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.