Jonny Flynn Has A Bad Hip Like A Fanny Pack

Zach Harper —  July 27, 2010 — 4 Comments

Uh oh. Looks like Jonny Flynn and my grandma have something in common – a bad hip.

So Jonny is going to be sidelined for quite some time. If the early prognosis from Dr. Spears and his sources is correct then a surgery next week and a three to four-month recovery time would have Flynn missing the first month of the NBA season and maybe more.

While this bodes well for the playing time of newly signed Luke Ridnour, it puts a big question mark at the backup point guard position for the Wolves.

The question isn’t who will pick up the backup point guard position. That will go to the newly reacquired Sebastian Telfair.

I’m more curious about what Bassy can bring back to this team after having a very underwhelming six seasons to start his NBA career. The curious thing about Telfair is he’s only 25 years old. If some Wolves fans are going to give Darko a pass all day because he’s still just 25 years old, I guess we have to give the benefit of the doubt to the kid from Coney Island who is just 11 days older than the Serbian Gangster.

When Bassy was repping ‘Sota, he actually wasn’t all that bad. He had his two best seasons of his career (assuming we don’t consider his four games with the Cavs last year as a complete entity… sorry, John Krolik) at the Target Center when he started the majority of the games he played as a Wolf and distributed the ball very well. The problem with Bassy is the lightning quickness with the ball that made him a YouTube and mixtape sensation doesn’t really work in the NBA. Watch this video:

Fun, right?

Well how many times do you see listless defense with players in the wrong spot and not reacting properly to ball movement in the NBA? I mean other than what the Wolves did last season.

That’s the problem with Sebastian Telfair. He’s great against mediocre competition. Put him in the league with guys that are as quick as him (or quick enough to use their size advantage to neutralize his first step) and he’s all of a sudden at a big disadvantage. The way you can change this and open up the floor for him is by putting Bassy in an up-tempo system that allows him to get into big spaces and get creative with the basketball.

Telfair has never really played for a fast team before. The fastest paced team he’s ever really played for was the ’06-’07 Boston Celtics. That tanking Celtics team was 12th in the league in pace at 92 possessions per game (last year’s Clippers team averaged 92.6 possessions per game but he never really got consistent minutes with them). Last year’s Wolves were third in the NBA in pace with a staggering 96.1 possessions per. That’s something that should be somewhat alluring for this current situation.

The Wolves aren’t going to need his services consistently for the majority of the season if Flynn can come back healthy. They just need him to be a steady hand that creates for his teammates during the initial months of the regular season. They need him to back up Ridnour (there’s something I never thought I’d say about this team) for roughly 20-25 minutes per game and not screw things up worse than they already are.

Yes, it would be nice to have Ramon Sessions as the backup to Luke Ridnour to start the season but that trade to send him and Hollins packing for Telfair and 1/9 of Delonte West’s unguaranteed contract was something that needed to get done. Instead, the Wolves get to be a little thinner in the backcourt to start the season but set up better for the future.

For now let’s start making Get Well Soon cards for Jonny Flynn and hope his hip heals better than my grandma’s did.

Zach Harper

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4 responses to Jonny Flynn Has A Bad Hip Like A Fanny Pack

  1. I am seriously debating moving to Wisconsin and becoming a Bucks fan. How disgusting!

  2. And btw- since we traded Hollins… does that mean we are keeping the best Center in Ohio State history???

  3. The only good thing I can say about Telfair is that he’s always had a good assist to turnover ratio. You might not expect that from watching that highlight video, but his career average is 2.3 and in his first year in Minnesota, it was over 3 (5.9 ast to 1.9 TO) in the course of 60 games. He’s not going to kill you with a whole lot of mistakes on offense. But his jump shot really limits his effectiveness. If it were even just average, he’d be a much better player.

    I’m not a particular fan of Telfair but I do have a lot of respect for him in that he’s handled very well the fact that he hasn’t come close to meeting the lofty and unrealistic expectations that people had when he was considered a high school prodigy. His talent was obviously over-estimated and he probably would have better off playing at Louisville for a couple of seasons. But while he’ll never be a great player or even a decent starter in the league in all likelihood, it seems he hasn’t gotten down about it, continues to work hard, and he doesn’t complain about his lack of success and blame it on his coaches or the system or whatever.

  4. I am seriously debating moving to Wisconsin and becoming a Bucks fan. How disgusting!

    And btw- since we traded Hollins… does that mean we are keeping the best Center in Ohio State history???#
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    I am on board with you on that and did we get Jerry Lucas?

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