Jonny Flynn Reassigned to NBA D-League's Sioux Falls Skyforce
Flynn, the sixth overall selection in the 2009 NBA Draft, will test out his surgically-repaired hip this weekend in a pair of games against the Tulsa 66ers. Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis told reporters earlier this week that he would like to see Flynn in a back-to-back situation before re-inserting the second-year point guard into the starting lineup.
In Flynn's first D-League assignment, a rehab stint that could have been the most important in D-League history, the plan was to play in six-to-eight minute stints totaling 30-35 minutes of playing time in his first game back from offseason hip surgery, but that plan was derailed when he suffered cramping that held him out for the fourth quarter. Flynn was still able to impact the box score in his 24 minutes of action, though, dishing a team-high nine assists to go with eight points and two steals, though the 6-foot-point guard did turn the ball over six times.
While Flynn's minutes didn't equal enough for Rambis to be ready to insert him back into the lineup, it should have been a solid chance to get back into the swing of things as the Wolves made sure he was comfortable during his South Dakota visit. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported that Minnesota player development coach Darrick Martin, who began his playing career in Sioux Falls, was charged with overseeing Flynn and Wolves physical therapist and assistant physical trainer Andrew Tai went along as well, putting Flynn through the same process that he would at any NBA location. It's likely that the Wolves will employ the same process this weekend.
Flynn's second rehab assignment might be more important than the first, actually, because it shows that Minnesota was comfortable enough with the conditions in Sioux Falls that the team is willing to give the D-League another shot to make sure their lottery pick is fully prepared to make his NBA debut.
Against the Tulsa 66ers, Flynn will be tested by matching up with point guards Zabian Dowdell, Jerome Dyson and Tweety Carter. Dowdell, a 6-foot-3 veteran out of Virginia Tech, has been one of the best defensive point guards in the D-League and received numerous NBA looks -- most recently with the Phoenix Suns -- and will provide a good test for Flynn.
Both games will be free to watch live on the NBA Development League's Futurecast system.