D’Angelo Russell was one of the Timberwolves’ most publicly active players in the social justice movement this summer. He marched in his hometown of Louisville, Ky., in June in remembrance of Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed by law enforcement in her own home in the middle of the night.

In December, on the eve of training camp, Russell said it was the responsibility of those with a platform to continue to “keep raising that eyebrow to a lot of people that don’t understand or are uneducated to the topic.”

“For us, it’s just to continue to do that. Don’t let off of it,” he said. “I think we’ll do a good job as an organization to continue to do that. I’m all for it.”

When the nation’s Capitol was breached last week by angry supporters of President Donald Trump who were seeking to overturn the election results, Russell tweeted, “They let that (stuff) happen. Our government really LET THAT (STUFF) HAPPEN!!!!”

Players across the NBA noted the differences between the ways in which the Capitol siege was handled by law enforcement versus what happened with Black Lives Matter protests across the nation last summer.

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So, after the Timberwolves’ win over San Antonio on Sunday night, Russell was asked what his thoughts were about last week’s events in Washington, D.C. Before responding, he flipped the question on the reporters, asking for their thoughts, first.

The 24-year-old guard’s goal was to have a conversation.

Those aren’t exactly happening organically in the age of Zoom. Typically, back-and-forths take place between media members and players all the time in locker-room settings that produce a better understanding of one another between those asking the questions and those answering in the media setting.

These days, players are asked for their opinions on both basketball issues and the world’s events, they answer, and then it’s quickly on to the next topic as the next reporter is called on to ask his or her question.

True, multi-voiced conversations, which may be needed now more than ever, simply aren’t taking place. Russell made a point to change that, going one by one through media members, asking for their thoughts, and soaking in each answer.

Athletes nowadays are asked to stand up and be the faces and voices at the forefront of important topics and movements, but Russell noted that, moving forward, everyone’s voice is going to matter.

At the end of the media session, he did indeed provide his own insights from last week’s events.

“For one, I feel like it was let. We let that happen as a country, a higher power, whatever you want to say, we let that happen,” Russell said. “It brought eyes to the unfairness of what we’re living in this country. It just brought more eyes to it. I will say that, with all this going on, it’s triggered a lot of attention toward just this topic in general. It’s allowing us to sit back and think about how we’re going to respond to this as a nation, as an individual, as a teacher. Anything you do, your voice is going to matter. A lot of young kids nowadays, they probably won’t see this and they probably won’t understand what’s going on, but it is a revolution. It is a change. It is something that I feel that it can only go up from here.

“Being able to recognize what’s right and what’s wrong in these situations and see how people are taken advantage of is the wrong thing to do. It’s just simple. There’s right and there’s wrong. Why be wrong when everybody’s watching? Why say the wrong thing when everybody’s listening? This topic is so touchy. I can go on for hours. I can go on for however long about it.

“But the fact that we’re bringing attention to it and a lot of people are being educated on this topic that aren’t educated about it. The fact that some of you guys were embarrassed, I think that’s the right step, and we’re going in the right direction to keep seeing the change and keep bringing awareness to this topic.

“There’s not a lot we can do besides what we can do. Just bringing awareness is what we can do at this point.”