D’Angelo Russell gets all philosophical about his winding NBA career path
Minnesota Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell is a former All-Star and was the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Despite being still just 24 years old and having numerous impressive accolades beside his name, Russell was dealt to his fourth franchise earlier this NBA season when the Timberwolves swung a deal with the Warriors to acquire his services.
With the season on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Russell has had a chance to take it all in and view how he has gotten to this stage of his career.
“When I tell you about my career, it’s like I’m in the water and I take a breath,” Russell said via Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, “then I see it and I go back in the water. I take a breath and then I see it again, and I’m right back in the water.”
After a breakout campaign with the Brooklyn Nets in 2018-19 that saw Russell take the reins of a franchise for the first time in his career, he appeared in line to become the newly-minted X-factor for the perennial title-contending Warriors. Early season injuries to Curry and Draymond Green (in addition to Klay Thompson) sent Golden State spiraling, and willing to move to Russell in the process.
Now, Russell joins his close friend Karl-Anthony Towns to make one of the most explosive duos in a league that has recently embraced All-Stars teaming up. The two appear set to become the cornerstones of Timberwolves for the foreseeable future.
“I’m like, OK,” the Minnesota Timberwolves guard said, “this is where I’m supposed to be.”