After hitting Sunday’s game-winning shot with his recently-departed grandmother on his mind, D’Angelo Russell has now returned to his hometown of Louisville to be with his family.
Russell learned of her death Sunday morning and originally planned to go home that day. But his father and brothers convinced him that she would have wanted him to play.
Hours later, Russell’s buzzer-beater lifted the Lakers over Minnesota, and he ran into the stands to embrace his brothers.
His status for Tuesday’s home finale against New Orleans and Wednesday’s final game at Golden State is uncertain. Head coach Luke Walton said that Russell will be given whatever time he needs with his family.
“He’s gonna be home until he’s ready to come back,” Walton said at Monday’s practice. “… We kind of told him to just keep us in the loop. ‘Do what you need to do, be with your family, and we’re here to support you.’”