Couch: 3 quick takes on Cassius Winston's heartbreaking night and Michigan State's win
1. Winston shares the worst day of his life with a community that adores him
EAST LANSING – It was difficult to watch Cassius Winston laugh on the court Tuesday night, knowing where his mind was headed after those seconds of distraction and levity.
Anyone who’s experienced the sudden loss of a loved one knows that momentary escape and the heaviness of reality when it returns.
Winston lost his younger brother Zachary on Saturday night. And on Sunday night, he played a college basketball game. I can’t tell you why he did it. You never know how someone will feel in those hours and days of disbelief, when you still haven’t caught your breath.
I can understand how routine and important friendships and competition might together be as good a way to get through the night as any.
Winston played with his usual pizzaz and vision — 17 points, 11 assists, one turnover in 26 minutes in a 100-47 win over Binghamton — seeming to enjoy the second half especially.
“I’m proud of you, man,” Tom Izzo said to Winston, as Winston checked out of the game for the last time.
Winston’s younger brothers, Zach and Khy, both basketball players at Albion College, are everything to him. We’ll keep it present tense with Zach, because I don’t think that’s changed for Winston with Zach’s passing. Winston’s mother Wendi described Winston as the “perpetual big brother” in a Lansing State Journal story last spring. Khy watched from the fifth ...
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