Jonny Flynn Mulls Rehab Stint in NBA D-League
"I think it's a valuable option for us and him," Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis told Minneapolis television station My29 before Friday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. "It could be more (than one game). It depends on the schedule and how he feels."
The 21-year-old point guard had hip surgery over the summer and has yet to receive a solid return date after the original plan was to return in "mid-November." Recently, Rambis said Flynn was "a ways away," while Flynn said that the "progress is going well. I'm just trying to get my legs back under me."
Though a return to the NBA may be a ways away, getting Flynn's legs under him in the D-League for the Timberwolves-affiliated Sioux Falls Skyforce definitely makes sense as soon as he's issued a clear bill of health.
With the Skyforce, Flynn would be able to get back into basketball shape -- possibly even more so than he would with the Timberwolves -- due to the increased pace of D-League basketball. The Wolves could also probably convince the Skyforce coaching staff to allow the talented point guard to play as many minutes as he possibly can on his way back to full health.
Probably more tantalizing to Flynn is that the Timberwolves would be close enough that as soon as he feels he's ready to return to Minneapolis, he could leave Sioux Falls in the afternoon and suit up for the Wolves that evening.
The Timberwolves have been a team that's done things in its own unique way since general manager David Kahn came on board, typically to the disdain of the basketball-following public. Allowing Flynn the opportunity of getting himself healthy, however, would be a definite step forward and interesting case study as to what the D-League could become.
Currently D-League rules only allow players with less than three years of NBA experience to be assigned to the Development League, disqualifying most players the opportunity to rehabilitate after missing time due to injuries. With Flynn being an NBA-caliber second-year pro, however, this could be the first true "rehab stint" in the D-League.
And if it works or, at worst, doesn't fail? One would have to assume that rehab stints might be given more priority during the league's collective bargaining talks once the NBA season is complete.