Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns says having fewer opportunities in a smaller market ‘is a false narrative’
The general consensus is that because Minnesota is a small market, NBA stars do not want to play there because they won’t have as many opportunities as far as endorsements and things of that nature.
But Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns, who originally believed that notion, says it’s completely false:
“I thought when you were in Minnesota, you would have less opportunities. I’ve seemed to have only grown with my opportunities,” Towns said, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “The idea of it being because of my market or where I’m at is a false narrative that’s written by people who want to keep big cities’ talent pool larger than others. It’s just not true.”
Towns went on to say that the era we live in helps make it so that players in smaller markets can still make things happen from a business perspective:
“We’re in a digital age. Talent is talent wherever you are,” he said. “We find it through social media and the markets and the companies know who they want to work with. It doesn’t matter where.”
The 23-year-old, who also said he is incredibly happy in Minnesota and hopes to be with the Timberwolves for a long time, doesn’t care where he plays:
“That’s how I approach it. I’m not afraid to play anywhere,” he said. “I don’t care about where it’s at, who it’s against. I’m going to go out there and compete and try my best.”
Karl-Anthony Towns is coming off a 2018-19 campaign in which he averaged 24.4 points, 12.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 blocks per game.