It was a pretty good day to be Derrick Williams Wednesday. Williams and fellow rookie teammate Ricky Rubio were named to the Rising Stars Challenge game over All-Star Weekend. Later that night, Williams got his second start -- against the Grizzlies -- with Kevin Love serving the second and last game of his suspension. Williams finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. In attendance at FedEx Forum to watch him play? About 20 members of his extended family, including his grandfather, L.G. Moore. This was a pretty big deal. Moore, who grew up in Winstonville, Miss., never had seen Williams play in person. He'd been able to watch Williams on YouTube at times. Williams' mom (and L.G.'s daughter), Rhoma Moore, used to send L.G. video clips. But those were highlights. This was real. It was Williams' mom who called her dad to suggest the trip. "I told her I would try," said L.G., sitting in a wheelchair at the top of the lower bowl. "I'm 85 now, but I said, God willing, I would come."
Williams able to share some good news with family
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Feb 9