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Stephen A. Smith calls out Karl-Anthony Towns as soft

Steven A. Smith and Karl-Anthony Towns

Whether you like ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith or not, the man is never afraid to speak his mind on a wide variety of sports and social issues.

That is exactly what he did on Thursday morning during ESPN’s “First Take” when the topic of Minnesota Timberwolves star center Karl-Anthony Towns came up.

Towns, who has scored a combined 14 points so far in the first two games of the Wolves first-round series against the top-seeded Houston Rockets, got a good deal of criticism from Smith over his recent play.

“Mama and Daddy Towns let me be very clear, I love me some Karl-Anthony Towns but he looks awful these first two games. I’m sure his own Daddy would agree with me. Nine shots apiece in both games? Unacceptable. Unacceptable.” Smith said. “I respect Karl-Anthony Towns. He is a star and he is going to be a star for years to come. Great kid. Karl-Anthony Towns, my brother. You look soft right now, you really do. They put Clint Capela on you and then after that they put Nene on you. Not only do you seem to not have an answer, you don’t seem to want to find one. This is bad.”

The full segment on Towns with Smtih and Max Kellerman, which was uploaded to the official ESPN YouTube Channel, can be viewed below.

To put it lightly, the Wolves looked pretty out-of-sync as a whole during Wednesday night’s 102-82 blowout loss to the Rockets despite superstar guard James Harden only shooting a dismal 2-of-18 from the field.

Like Smith said, a return home to Minnesota for Game 3 will hopefully be the boost that Towns needs in order to get back to his stellar play.