As you probably know, Cassius Winston tragically lost his brother Zachary earlier this season to suicide.
Most of us are a great distance from him and we just see him on TV. During the Duke game we thought Tre Jones outplayed him but also wondered how Winston could focus.
As it turns out, his mother decided at the last minute that she couldn’t handle the Duke-Michigan State battle but forgot to tell him. He was looking for her and couldn’t find her which really affected him deeply. He told her it was okay if she didn’t feel she could come but please let him know. Don’t leave him alone like that.
That account is from this article in the Detroit Free Press that really looks at how the guy has suffered and continues to. It’s impossible not to feel compassion for him.
“Playing basketball doesn’t bring the same joy, the same freedom, the same kind of outlet,” Winston told the paper. “Usually on the court, you feel free. You feel open. Like you can make anything happen. (But now), at certain times I don’t even want to be out there. I would rather go talk to my brother, be somewhere with my family. That’s where it gets tough.
”It’s some long days. Long nights. I can’t sleep … It’s been the longest month of my life.”
Between his family and his team, he has a wonderful support system, but it’s going to take a while.