It’s been a busy few months for Timberwolves rookie Derrick Williams. First was the draft, then on Wednesday, Under Armour announced that they had signed Williams, their second big signing from the 2011 draft class following the signing of Kemba Walker earlier this month. They’ve been busy too.
We spoke with the 6-foot-9 forward shortly after the deal was announced and despite having to make a whirlwind of phone calls and phone interviews, Williams was game to talk shoes, hoops and even the dreaded L-word.
When talking about the lockout, his otherwise upbeat tone changed immediately to one of disappointment as he explained the situation that draftees from this year’s class are facing and then gave his take on potentially losing a season:
“If they told me I was going to miss all 82 games next season I would have stayed in college and enjoyed myself and enjoyed all of my teammates and everybody else who is involved with Arizona. I definitely would have went back.”
Williams spoke about the thrill of signing with a company and of sharing the moment with his friends and family and then talked about what he’s most excited for next season, whenever that may be.
Despite the damper of the lockout, things are pretty good in his world. Here’s more with Derrick Williams.