Louisville native D'Angelo Russell had quite a day on Sunday. Hours before the Lakers took on the Minnesota Timberwolves, Russell learned that his grandmother had passed away. Despite the circumstances the former Louisville Central Yellow Jacket & Ohio State Buckeye told the team he still wanted to play.
With the Lakers trailing 109-107, Russell buried a game winning three to give L.A. their fourth straight victory.
D'Angelo Russell's grandmother passed away yesterday. He hit the GAME-WINNER and then had an emotional moment with his family in the stands: pic.twitter.com/fav7gDHFyk— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) April 10, 2017
“I knew that’s what my grandma would have wanted,” Russell said. “My dad, brothers and everyone wanted me to play. I wanted to get away from basketball. I didn’t want to express myself through basketball, but it was [the] only option I had and I tried to take advantage of it.”
As you could expect, Russell was pretty emotional following the game.
D'Angelo says he wasn't going to play, but, his family told him it's what his grandma would have wanted.— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) April 10, 2017
Full interview: pic.twitter.com/2f6LmVBBkd
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