California Love: Wes Johnson to represent Wolves in Rookie Challenge
I kid, I kid. Because I care.
“This is a well-deserved honor for Wes and our entire organization is proud that he’ll be representing us in the Rookie-Sophomore game,” Wolves head coach Kurt Rambis said. “Wes works extremely hard every day to become a better player. This announcement is a testament to the strides he’s already taken this year and the bright future he has in the league.”
Now given the ever lowly state of our franchise, a Rookie Challenge contestant should be considered nothing more than a formality. However, it’s not as much of a tradition as one would think. Last year Jonny Flynn and Kevin Love made the Rookie and Sophomore teams respectively, but due to Love’s snub in ’09 these were the first Wolves to take part in Saturday’s showcase since Randy Foye in 2007. And not surprising to anyone-including himself-Jonny won’t be competing against his fellow Orangeman this year.
Oh, and the last Wolf before Foye? None other than Wally Sczerbiak in 2001.
But before we get all angsty about Joe Smith, let’s not forget Ricky Rubio, another sure thing gone awry. You see, whether by bad luck or bad decisions, we’ve been unable to procure enough talent through the draft worthy of All-Star (Weekend) attention. So how can we expect those same players to even carry us towards mediocrity?
That’s why Wes deserves that pat on the back, rub on the head and knock on your nearest piece of wood. He’s representing not only our team, but our progress.