Popular sentiment these days is that the Timberwolves will take Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns with the No. 1 overall pick in next week’s NBA Draft.
The thing is, most of the people saying it are likely either taking educated guesses or repeating what they’ve heard elsewhere. It doesn’t make it less true, but it’s also true that it’s hard to find authentic NBA Draft insight this time of year.
As such, when someone such as John Calipari — Towns’ college coach at Kentucky — starts talking about draft projections, it is worthwhile to pay attention.
And in a Kentucky Sports Radio interview on Wednesday, Calipari said of Towns, flat-out: “He will be the number one pick, unless something crazy happens. … I would say he’s earned it.”
It didn’t just sound like the random musing of a coach who hopes his guy goes first overall. Calipari is among the most plugged-in men in all of college basketball, and by extension he is plugged into the NBA because so many Kentucky players are drafted every year.
Now: The “unless something crazy happens” part softens the overall statement a little, but I take it to mean that based on Calipari knows from talking to other plugged in basketball folks and Towns himself, that is who the Wolves will pick.
Adrian Peterson has been back in Minnesota for the past three weeks. And while he may never regain the sense of normalcy he experienced before last year, Peterson feels his return to the Vikings and football went smoothly.
“I feel pretty good,” he said today. “It’s been good just to be out here with the fellas and get back in the swing of things and open my mind back to the playbook and what Coach Turner is asking us to do. It’s been pleasant.”
The Vikings wrapped their offseason workout program this afternoon, sending players giddily off to enjoy a few weeks of downtime. Despite being away from the Vikings for about eight months, Peterson said he returned to no surprises beyond a “couple of curveballs” with Norv Turner’s offense.
He credited Turner and running backs coach Kirby Wilson for helping bring him up to speed with the playbook. As for any physical rust he could have potentially experienced, Peterson insisted he “felt good from Day One.”
“I’ve had a long time to work out,” he said. “There’s nothing like coming out here playing football, so maybe like a day or so, after the first day I was a little sore — calves really. But after that, I could tell that I had really been working because I really didn’t feel too much soreness after that.”
As for life off the field here, Peterson said things aren’t back to normal yet.
“No. It is what it is. It’s normal but of course it’s different,” the 30-year-old running back said. “But I’m making it as normal as I can, you know. I’m surrounding myself with people who love me and I’m moving forward.”