D'Angelo Russell seemed about to join the Minnesota Timberwolves at some point this summer, but now he reveals why he got cold feet … literally.
Speaking to media on Friday, the Star Guard said the Minnesota weather had "certainly" played a major role in its decision to refuse the Wolves this summer.
"I thought the opportunity [in Minnesota] was incredible," said Russell, by Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "It was definitely something that I was looking at very strongly. But then, when this opportunity is presented [with the Golden State Warriors] the time has improved significantly, so that has helped me.
"I had my first winter in New York and it was difficult," he continued. "So, to go somewhere where it's still hot, I think it played a major role in my plan."
Russell, who played for the Brooklyn Nets last season, is a close friend of Wolves star Karl-Anthony Towns, who beat him in the 2015 NBA Draft. However, instead of Minnesota, Russell chose to sign a road sign that sent him to Golden State as part of a comeback for Kevin Durant.
Indeed, playing in the cold of the Upper Midwest can present major drawbacks, as can be witnessed by another professional athlete.