Jonny Flynn has seen it, heard it, read it.
That's what he does. The second-year Timberwolves point guard is a product of the digital age. You know how most athletes and coaches tend to deny ever reading what's written about them? Not Flynn. When he's not working out or practicing, he can be found surfing the net, reading everything he can find on himself. So he knows.
"I'm a guy who reads everything. Everything," said Flynn, the former Niagara Falls High School star. "I hear everything. People are saying, 'We want to see more out of Jonny Flynn.' That's why you have to put your blinders on and remember what your goals are. That's one thing that has helped me get through."
One point Flynn will concede: He has not been himself since returning from hip surgery Dec. 14. The explosion he needs to get past his man into the lane hasn't been there. He hasn't felt like he was moving at full speed yet. This was expected, Flynn said. The surgery he had to repair the labrum in his hip was a serious procedure. As serious, he said, as a knee surgery.
"People think you're just going to drink a little milk, get a little rest and you'll be back in no time," said Flynn, who is averaging 4.4 points and 2.7 assists in 16.7 minutes per game off the bench. "But your body, it takes time. We all knew that coming into this. We knew I'd be able to come back and play, but it would be awhile before I got the legs that I had last year."
But he's getting there, he said.
Maybe the first time he felt it this season was in last Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. In 19-plus minutes he hit three of six shots for seven points and had season highs in both assists (six) and steals (three). He also had five turnovers, which still bugs him, but his legs felt good.
"I started to get my explosiveness back," Flynn said. "I was getting past people, into the lane, making plays. I definitely could have limited my turnovers. But it felt good to get back to the old things that I'm used to doing."
Flynn has been working to get back for more than a month, reading what people thought about the process. His performance has been critiqued. His future -- which some believe includes a trade -- has been much discussed.
"It will make it that much better when I come back 100 percent and do what I'm doing," Flynn said.
He approaches the second half of the season knowing a lot of questions about him will be answered in the coming weeks, including that of his future with the Wolves.