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Karl-Anthony Towns: “I went into this offseason mad as hell”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 14: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks on during the first half against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on October 14, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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Heading into 2021-22, Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns projects to be one of the premier big men in the NBA. But he’s far from satisfied. Instead, he has his sights set on more significant goals.

The 6’11” big man has gone through countless ups and downs in the past year and a half. Most notably, he lost multiple family members to COVID-19, including his mother. Then, he put together another phenomenal regular season only for his Timberwolves to miss out on the playoffs for the third straight year.

Hungry for more

But in year seven, things are bound to improve for Towns and company. After injuries sidelined him and other key contributors, D’Angelo Russell & Malik Beasley, in 2020-21, the healthy trio looks ready to wreak havoc on opposing defenses in 2022. Not only that, promising 20-year old Anthony Edwards is rapidly ascending as he ages. This improvement was evident by his breakout performances near the end of last season.

Yet, Towns will be the one who determines how far this team goes. At age 26, he’s approaching his prime and has a hungry attitude different from years prior. He showcased this attitude in an interview with The Athletic.

“I went into this offseason mad as hell seeing my contemporaries in playoff positions with me at home.”

Karl-Anthony Towns

This quote illustrates a side of Towns that many NBA fans haven’t seen. With just one playoff appearance under his belt and a tumultuous fallout with former teammate Jimmy Butler, Towns has often earned the label of being ‘soft.’

This year, he’ll have a chance to put those narratives to rest if he hasn’t already. Towns boasts career averages of 22.9 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in six career seasons on 52.7/39.4/83.5 splits (62% true shooting).

Whether or not he’s ‘soft,’ one thing is undeniable: Towns is an exceptional talent. He acknowledged this later in the interview but remained humble in doing so.

“I’m just a great talent that the Wolves have possessed, but I haven’t really, truly done anything that has cemented me anywhere in Wolves’ history.”

Karl-Anthony Towns

Perhaps this is the year Towns finally rewrites the script for a team with just two playoff series wins in franchise history.

If there’s one good thing that’s come out of missing the playoffs, it’s that Towns appears to have a motivational chip on his shoulder. But, of course, time will tell if that extra motivation pays off in the future.

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