‘I Just Keep Going For Them’: Anthony Edwards Taken First Overall In 2020 NBA Draft, Honors His Mother And Grandmother
With the first pick in the 2020 NBA (virtual) draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Anthony Edwards, guard out of the University of Georgia.
“It’s an indescribable feeling…my family’s emotional, I feel like when I get off here (the interview) I’m going to get emotional …I’m just blessed beyond measures to be in this situation,” Edwards said on ESPN after he got drafted.
With such a monumental moment for Edwards and his family surrounding him, by his side for one of the biggest moments of his life were paintings of his beloved mother and grandmother.
“As you can see, my grandmother’s right here and my mother’s right here and the shirt, with the collaboration I had, I got my grandmother’s name and my mother’s name on my shirt,” Edwards said per ESPN.
So, they’re with me at all times.”
After getting drafted, ESPN aired a short clip of Edwards’ talking about his beloved mother and grandmother, both of whom had cancer. Edwards said his mother passed when he was 14-years-old and his grandmother passed just a couple months after that.
“It was terrible for our whole family,” Edwards said to ESPN. “Everything I do I wish they (were) here to see it. But my angels, my mom and my grandmother, they keep me uplifted. They wake me up everyday with a smile on my face. I just keep going for them.”
Edwards said his mom was smiling, always happy, always working hard for the kids and that she was in a lot of pain a lot of times but wouldn’t show it. Edwards said his grandma kept everything together and when they didn’t have a place to stay, his grandmother would let them stay with her.
What a touching, incredible tribute for the new Timberwolves guard in honoring his mother and grandmother.
On the court, NBA watch out for whom is known as the “ant man”. Edwards is already putting in work in the gym.
The SEC rookie of the year, SEC all-freshman, and all-SEC second team member averaged 19.1 points a game and 5.2 rebounds a game last season.
And the “ant man” wants to get even better.
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