MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It was a familiar feeling when Jalen Suggs landed in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with his fellow Orlando Magic players.
“As soon as we got off the plane, I think we got here at about one in the morning, but I had the biggest smile on my face, just knowing that I was back in Minneapolis, you know , home, “Suggs said after filming around Monday morning.
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Suggs played at the Minnehaha Academy on the soccer field and the basketball court. Now he plays in the NBA, just a 15-minute drive from his old high school.
âI know I’m going to be excited,â Suggs said. âTry too hard not to look at the stands, you know, to see, you know, stop me from looking at my friends and family the whole game.
Minnesota is excited to see one of the best coming out of the state. The Magic are only 1-6 so far. Their fifth overall pick will enter the field on Monday night, still getting used to the NBA routine, while also achieving a childhood dream.
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âI knew it was a lot of games and I knew they were coming quickly, but until you really like having to take a flight every day, every other day, you don’t really understand it,â he said. he declared. âOther than that, I love it. “
Just a year and eight months ago, Suggs was playing his last game in high school. Then it hit a world-class buzzer during the Final Four in March. Home and family cooking is a nice change of pace from the bustling life of Suggs.
“I saw my uncles, my aunts, the little kids before they went to make some treats, a little good home cooked meal and I was able to go to the Vikings game,” he said.
After playing in front of hundreds of family and friends on Monday night, Suggs will take to the skies to continue his basketball adventure.
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Minnesota and Orlando will kick off at 7 p.m. Monday at Target Center.