Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns calls out harsh reality NBA stars face
Like most NBA stars, Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns isn’t new to getting heavy vitriol from fans. He’s had his fair share of bashers, especially during his infamous spat with former teammate Jimmy Butler and his past altercations with Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid.
Still, Towns has developed into one of the NBA’s most reliable guys, churning out All-Star numbers every season. But it’s also not lost on him that many people still spew hatred on NBA players despite the heavy pressure they’re in (via Fadeaway World).
“If you have an off night as the most recognizable athletes in the world, it’s ‘He sucks, he sucks.’ But they forgot that you just had 40 (points) for five straight games, and you go get 16 and they’re like ‘He’s trash,” the Timberwolves star said. “That’s the thing about being an NBA player. Once the fans make a narrative of you, that’s it. They don’t want to change it. They don’t wanna see no change, they don’t want to see no different opinion. It’s like ‘No, I’m the smartest person in the world. That’s it. I’m putting it on Twitter.'”
The 25-year-old Timberwolves big man even mentioned Brooklyn Nets star James Harden as an example of getting undeserved trolling from fans.
“Think about James Harden, they talk about him in the playoffs. Give me an argument about why you think that (he sucks). Show me statistical facts of why you think that. ‘Well I don’t gotta show you that, I just know, I watch basketball everyday.’ Let me tell you the facts. He averaged 31.6 points in the playoffs, he was killing, he was trying to drag his team into the Finals. And you’re telling me the man struggled?”
Karl-Anthony Towns is not wrong. Preach, young fella!