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Josh Okogie
Josh Okogie
Position: G
Born: 09/01/98
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:213 lbs. / 96.6 kg.
Salary: $2,651,040
In the 31-year history of the Timberwolves franchise, 245 players have worn the team’s uniform. Of those 245, 128 have only been in Minnesota for one season. Forty-four players played here for two years and only 35 have spent three years with the organization. The number of players who have played in a Wolves uniform for at least four years? Just 14. Thomas, the Timberwolves vice president of basketball development, cites those numbers when looking at the players’ involvement in, and connection to, the Twin Cities prior to an awakening this summer. For ever and ever, players have come into Minnesota and left without the real chance to connect, to immerse themselves in the people, places and things that have long made native Minnesotans proud to live here. The revolving door has made that difficult, and that is why he holds out so much hope for Josh Okogie.
Okogie has not even started his third season with the Wolves, and yet he has been perhaps the most active of the team’s players this summer. Okogie has found his voice in speaking up and participating in protests after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis and Ahmaud Arbery was shot to death in Georgia, where Okogie was raised. He has partnered with Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph to get supplies to those in need after the riots ravaged businesses and the pandemic slashed jobs. His latest project is teaming up with Home Teams vs. Hunger, an initiative with the sports teams and media outlets in town partnering to raise money and awareness for Second Harvest Heartland and Minnesota’s five food banks.
What made you feel like it was the right time to get involved and what has your experience been like out there? Josh Okogie: I just feel like the whole thing for me is very touching and emotional. I’m actually so emotional that I feel like I have no choice but to act. I was in Georgia when the Ahmaud Arbery situation was going on. A day after I got to Minnesota, George Floyd‘s situation happened and I just couldn’t stay silent anymore. I reached out to some people and theytold me that Stephen Jackson was hosting a press conference at City Hall in Minneapolis. I made some connections and I made sure that I was there. I know I didn’t even say anything but I wanted to show my support and show that I was with the cause. I tried to find out other ways to get acclimated with the whole situation so I teamed up with Kyle Rudolph this past Friday to help give supplies out to the community. We actually did it at a symbolic location, we did it at a Target that was looted. It was a Target and a Cub Foods and they burned down a building. So we set up shop right there in the center of it all.
I’d also love to hear about some of the things you were able to see out of teammate Karl-Anthony Towns, who is grieving right now over the loss of his mother but still showed out to the press conference with Stephen Jackson. Josh Okogie: It was crazy. A couple days before the event, I reached out to Karl. I was like, what’s up man? It’s okay if you don’t want to come to the press conference. I can represent us all. To see him still show up to that man, it was huge. It was crazy because I can’t imagine being in his shoes and see me step out of my family’s comfort to support another cause. I have the utmost respect for him. It shows you the kind of person he is.