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The accessory is less than an inch thick, but the meaning behind the pink sneaker laces the Timberwolves will wear Wednesday against Milwaukee is much thicker.
The Wolves will wear them to honor the life of Lula Hall, the mother of forward Thaddeus Young’s mother. Hall, 57, passed away Nov. 13 after an 18 month bout with breast cancer.
Wolves general manager Milt Newton, who attended Hall’s funeral services Nov. 21 in Memphis, Tenn., emailed the NBA offices to find a way to honor Hall. They came up with the shoelaces idea.
“I thank the league for approving it,” said Young, who sported them on his white and blue Nikes during Wednesday’s shootaround.
Young missed five games due to bereavement leave to be with his mother before she passed away. Young, who is averaging 14.3 points and 5.0 rebounds, will return to the lineup for the first time in Wednesday’s game against the Bucks.
On Tuesday, Young issued a statement through the team about the importance of conducting breast exams.
“I just think that it’s something that needs to be done,” Young said Wednesday. “A lot of people they go throughout their lives without going to the doctor.”
Hall discovered a lump when she was taking a shower within the last two years. She got it checked and it came back malignant. She then had her right breast removed.
“Then she was fine for a few (months) and then it kind of started spreading,” Young said. “It’s one of those things. I urge all women to go out there and get breast exams and make sure that you stay healthy.”
Guard Zach LaVine said the whole team is behind the fashion (and function) statement.
“It’s really cool of the NBA to allow us to do that,” LaVine said. “It’s going to be very special for (Young), and we are going to go out there and play our hearts out.”
LaVine said the disease impacts nearly every family.
“This game will mean a lot to a lot of people in the crowd,” LaVine said.
Backup point guard?
Veteran point guard Mo Williams (illness) missed Wednesday’s shootaround and is questionable for tonight’s game against the Bucks.
With Ricky Rubio (ankle) already on the injured list, Zach LaVine could get the start. After that, the roster is very limited. He did so at the U, and he knows the offense, one joked.
Another follower quipped that it shout be POINT GORGUI, as if Deing, the 6 foot 11 center, would handle the ball.
Another fan on Twitter kidded that Lindsey Whalen could suit up. She will, after all, be at Target Center.
The Lynx point guard and Hutchinson native will be honored during the second quarter for bringing home a gold medal at the FIBA World Championships.
After the death of his mother, Thaddeus Young returned to Timberwolves practice Monday.
At the end of the session, the starting power forward had a glisten of sweat on his brow.
still weighing over my head a little bit, but you have to get back in a routine and try to just get passed it, Young said.
After an 18 month battle, Young mother, Lula Hall, died of cancer Nov. 13 in Memphis, Tenn.
Young said she went through and down stages, and added that her passing was something that can prepare yourself for ## ## . left the Wolves in the middle of their long road trip earlier this month to get home to Memphis before his mother passed.
Young said his mother was a supportive single parent who instilled responsibility. She made sure Thad did his homework, washed the dishes and mowed the lawn.