Thaddeus Young is glad to be back with his teammates, and he’s eager to play again. But he is still mourning the loss of his mother. Lula Hall succumbed to cancer Nov. 13 in Memphis. Her funeral was last Friday. Young returned to the Twin Cities on Sunday.
“It’s still a situation where you still think about what happened with my mom,” Young said after Monday’s practice. “But my teammates and my coaches and the whole organization have been behind me every step of the way.I thank them for their thoughts and their prayers, each and every fan that’s reached out to me also, all the players around the league. It’s definitely a tragic thing, but you try to get back in the swing of things and just keep playing, making her proud.”
The Wolves were in the middle of their long road trip when Hall, who had battled cancer for some time, had a downturn. Young left the team after the Wolves played Houston in Mexico City on Nov. 12 and was able to get back home before his mother died.
“The last 10, 15 minutes of my mom’s life I was there holding her hand,” Young said. “I felt her last breaths as she passed away. I was just happy I was able to get home and see her before she passed.”
Young said his mom, who raised him and his siblings as a single parent, was a huge influence on his life, a disciplinarian when needed, a strong woman who sacrificed a lot to help her children. “She was my concentration, my focus,” Young said. “Everything. You just try to keep making her proud and keep going out there and doing the things that she taught me to do.”
Here are some other items from today’s practice:
--Wolves coach Flip Saunders had no updates on either center Nikola Pekovic (wrist, ankle) and guard Ricky Rubio (sprained ankle). Rubio is still in his protective boot, but he is down to one crutch.
--Guard Mo Williams was sick and missed practice.
--Guard Kevin Martin was scheduled to see a doctor Monday afternoon. After the visit, Saunders said, a plan of treatment – one that could include surgery – will be decided upon.
--Saunders said the team still hasn’t decided on whether to use an injury exemption to add a player to the roster. But if they do, he said, that addition will be a post player.