The Timberwolves presented the game ball from last week’s win over the Kings to George Floyd’s family Tuesday night.
The Timberwolves presented the game ball from last week’s victory over the Kings to George Floyd’s family on Tuesday night following their win over the Rockets.
Floyd’s family lives in Houston and was at Tuesday’s game vs. Minnesota.
According to The Athletic‘s Jon Krawczynski, Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards and Josh Okogie all met with Floyd’s family after the 114-107 win.
Last week’s game against the Kings came hours after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the murder of Floyd. Last May, Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd’s neck while restraining him for more than nine minutes, ultimately killing Floyd. Chauvin was eventually found guilty on three charges: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
“I think for all of us, we all felt that this game was bigger than basketball,” Towns said. “This was a moment that wasn’t meant for us. This was meant for our city and for George Floyd’s family.”
“I think everyone in America right now is grieving with them and sending our prayers, blessings and love towards them. They need it for countless days.”
The Wolves said in a statement, “We are hopeful that today’s decision will serve as a step forward, but it does not ease the physical and emotional pain that continues in an environment where systemic racism exists. To our BIPOC community, the Timberwolves and Lynx remain committed to influencing change, promoting impactful action, and using our platform to help heal and unite in pursuit of liberty and justice FOR ALL.”
Minnesota previously said it was dedicating last week’s game vs. the Kings to Floyd’s family.
With Tuesday’s win over the Rockets, the Timberwolves moved to 19-44 on the season. They hold the league’s third-worst record.
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