NBA rookies couldn't prepare for this

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ANTHONY EDWARDS SAT in his living room in Atlanta, waiting for his life to change. It was Nov. 18 — NBA draft night — and with colorful, beautiful murals of his late grandmother and mother on each side of him, Edwards became the No. 1 pick and prepared to join the Minnesota Timberwolves‘ young, talented core.

Wolves co-stars Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell each sent Edwards a text. The message was simple: “Congratulations, young’un. Let’s get to work.”

Edwards realized there wasn’t much time before the real work began. The season was coming — quickly.

“That’s the first thing me and my trainer thought about was, ‘We gotta get in better shape,'” Edwards said. “‘We’re fixing to play.'”

Edwards’ official NBA debut will come tonight, just 33 days after hearing his name called by commissioner Adam Silver.

The last time Edwards played 5-on-5 in a real basketball game with referees and coaches and a scoreboard was 10 months ago. His Georgia Bulldogs beat Ole Miss to advance in the SEC tournament. Edwards had just six points on 2-of-13 shooting in 40 minutes. His college career ended there, as the coronavirus pandemic shut down the college basketball

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