The victory came hours after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter, third-degree murder and second-degree murder for Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis last May.
“I think for all of us we all felt this game was bigger than basketball,” the Timberwolves big man said Karl-Anthony Towns he said after the game. “This was a moment that was not meant for us, this was meant for our city and the George Floyd family. I think everyone in America is currently mourning with them and addressing their prayers, blessings and love for them.
“It takes them countless days. They reminded them of the tragedy that happened in their family and they never really got a chance to grieve and recover in any way. So I think for us we were just trying to do our part to let them know. that we are here with them, that this basketball game is only a small part of what we are.And this organization within us really wanted to show them that we will be with them every year.a step on the way to help them in this process, in this process of mourning … just to fix their lives as much as we can. “
Towns admitted he had been nervous all day about the uncertainty of how the verdict would play out. He said he was concerned for the safety of the community.
“I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Towns said. “I was sweating so much that I had to take a shower because I didn’t know how it was going to go. My feelings about it were, we’ve seen moments like this going in the opposite direction, that even with how quickly the verdict arrived, you still have no idea where will go.
“I was worried. I was worried about our community. I was worried about whether justice would be served. I was worried about the whole family our team has, every player, and I wondered if their safety would be guaranteed tonight and how they would feel. In our team, we have guys who have kids who are kids of color, wondering if we’re going to show them if the word “responsibility” really lives in the world we live in today.
Like many others, Towns was filled with a variety of emotions after the verdict was announced, saying it was a “bittersweet moment when justice is served, but it is satisfied at the cost of life”.
“It’s unfortunate that our city has been through so much, but I hope today’s step was a step towards reform and a step towards ending this whole thing for all the families involved,” Towns said. “Just because justice is served for Mr. Floyd today doesn’t mean we’re going to bring him home and that’s the saddest part of all this.
“It was a day when a step towards reform was made, but there is a lot of work and a lot of conversation that needs to be conducted to ensure that it does not happen again or at least try to save the next generation from such moments.”
Wolves guard D’Angelo Russell talked to reporters after Tuesday night’s game and actually turned it into an open forum, asking reporters from the twin cities to share their thoughts on the day. Russell, who noted he still only works in Minneapolis and continues to make his new team and city feel at home after the Timberwolves acquired him last season, said the community has embraced him but wants to feel what local reporters they think.
Wolves swingman Josh Okogie he reiterated the position of many others on Tuesday, saying Chauvin’s verdict was not just about justice, but also greater responsibility.
“More than anything for me, if justice had really, really, really served George Floyd, it would still be here today, but we obviously have no control over it,” Okogie said. “But what we have control over is the court case and what we decided to do with Derek Chauvin, I think the court made the right decisions and … I hope this slows down the amount of shooting that’s happening in the world right now.”
Although Towns acknowledged a sense of relief after the verdict, he also felt hopeful that the state and community could move forward.
“It’s just a moment in time that we have to figure out … when you grow up, your parents tell you what’s good and what’s not, and they tell you you know better,” Towns said. “They try to teach you responsibility for your actions. They try to teach you that justice will always be served, good will always win in the end. Recently, in life, especially for all of us in color and for me personally, sometimes good people don’t win.
“It’s a hard fact that you have to swallow. … It’s just a great moment for the word responsibility to take on some real meaning, to gain some real value. Justice, while bitter-sweet, has proved itself today. It’s bitter-sweet because it cost a life to see a moment like this. It’s one of those moments that you worry that if the reform is not carried out, we will have the same situation again, and that is the most unfortunate, discouraging. “