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Anthony Edwards had priceless reaction to his poster dunk getting waved off

Anthony Edwards dunks over Gabe Vincent

Anthony Edwards thinks that the referee who called back his poster dunk on Wednesday failed the vibe check.

The Minnesota Timberwolves phenom absolutely annihilated Miami Heat guard Gabe Vincent with a Kodak-esque slam in the fourth quarter of the two teams’ meeting (video here). The dunk went viral, but unfortunately for Edwards, it did not actually count — it was waved off as an offensive foul.

After the game, Edwards offered a priceless reaction to the mood-killing call.

“If I’m refereeing that game and you dunk on someone like that, I’m not calling a charge. And you at home? I’m not calling a charge,” Edwards said, per Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “I don’t care if he was three feet above the circle, I’m not calling a charge. No way.”

Indeeds, officials will rarely call an offensive foul in that situation. Even if a sequence is technically a charge according to the letter of the rules, players usually get a bit more leeway under those circumstances. Some of the game’s highest-flying dunkers like Vince Carter, Shawn Kemp, and Blake Griffin got away with countless offensive fouls on poster stuffs over the years.

Instead though, the 20-year-old Edwards will just have to settle for a 33-point effort in a win and his greatest viral moment since … earlier this year.

Video: Anthony Edwards goes viral for his dunk* on Gabe Vincent

Anthony Edwards dunks over Gabe Vincent

Anthony Edwards went viral on Wednesday night for a dunk on Gabe Vincent that was so vicious, though the dunk didn’t actually count.

In the fourth quarter of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 113-101 win over the Miami Heat, Edwards took a pass and cut to the basket for a dunk attempt. He rose up and threw down a huge dunk on Vincent, even using Vincent’s head as leverage.

As pretty as that posterization was, it didn’t actually count. Edwards was called for an offensive foul, giving the Heat the ball. That means for all the embarrassment Vincent took, he actually made a play that helped his team.

Even though he didn’t get the two points on that dunk, Edwards finished with 33 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. And he had one huge viral highlight.

Twitter reacts to viral video of Adam Sandler meeting Anthony Edwards

Adam Sandler

Friday night saw a meeting of two titans: the Ant Man and Happy Gilmore.

The Minnesota Timberwolves tweeted out an awesome video of actor Adam Sandler meeting young phenom Anthony Edwards before their game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Another angle showed Sandler asking Wolves teammate Malik Beasley to call Edwards over.

Naturally, Twitter had some funny reactions and jokes about what the two men might have been talking about. Here were some of the best ones.

Sandler is a Laker fan and has even jokingly lobbied them for a roster spot. Thus, he was probably not happy about the 107-83 beatdown that Edwards and the Wolves ended up putting on the Lakers.

But of course some of the jokes about Sandler meeting Edwards were going to be centered around the former’s ability to ball. We have seen many times before that the 55-year-old actor can more than hold his own on the court.

Photo: Sep 6, 2012; Queens, NY, USA; Movie actor Adam Sandler reacts during an exhibition doubles match on day eleven of the 2012 US Open at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Video: Anthony Edwards has intense peanut butter debate with reporter

Anthony Edwards in his Wolves uniform

Anthony Edwards has shown himself to be one of the better interviews in the NBA, and he proved that once more after Wednesday’s game.

The Minnesota Timberwolves wing appeared in a Q&A video posted on the NBA’s Twitter account in which he answered a series of fairly basic questions. Among them was creamy or crunchy peanut butter. Edwards said he preferred creamy, and that seemed to be that.

However, when the topic came up at Edwards’ postgame availability Wednesday, it turned out that Edwards was dead serious about this. So serious, in fact, that he was entirely willing to debate a reporter who questioned his choice.

Edwards said he had never had crunchy peanut butter, and never would. He maintained that creamy peanut butter “spreads better on the bread” and that he was a “big texture guy” when it comes to food.

When the reporter pressed Edwards to at least try crunchy peanut butter, Edwards refused to back down.

“No way. It’s gonna stay right there in the aisle,” Edwards affirmed.

Make no mistake, Edwards can be pretty fiery. That applies to both basketball and peanut butter, it would seem.

Photo: Mar 31, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards (1) dribbles the ball at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Edwards has fiery comments about Wolves’ selfish play

Anthony Edwards in his Wolves uniform

The Minnesota Timberwolves’ latest embarrassing loss has Anthony Edwards sounding like Denzel Washington in “Training Day.”

The Wolves lost an ugly game on Monday to a New Orleans Pelicans team still missing Zion Williamson. After the defeat, Edwards had some fiery comments about the team and their selfish play on offense.

“Wake-up call for sure,” said Edwards, per Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “Lock in. Lock the f–k in. Everybody coming in here thinking that it’s sweet playing the Pelicans. Whooped our a–. Now our back’s on the wall again. We got to wake up.”

The ex-No. 1 overall pick then called out himself and co-stars Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell for not getting their teammates more involved.

“We think we the only ones on the team,” Edwards continued. “We gotta be willing to pass the ball. There’s no ‘I’ in team. We can’t beat five people with three people. We beat five people with five people. We gotta be willing to play with our teammates. We gotta do a better job of getting them involved, making them feel wanted in the offense, not just on defense … Us three — me, KAT and D-Lo — do a bad job of getting y’all the ball, because we’re gonna get our shots. In order for them to keep fighting for us, we gotta get them the ball. We’ve gotta make them feel involved. We just gotta trust them, man. … If we’re not giving them the ball, then what are we doing?”

So far this season, Minnesota is getting a combined 56.4 shot attempts per game from Towns (29.0 points a game), Edwards (25.3), and Russell (14.3). The three are each tremendously talented offensive players, but that shot distribution simply has not left much for the rest of the team.

The 20-year-old Edwards can be entertaining when things are going well. But it is good to see him taking on a vocal leadership role and challenging the team when things are not going so well.

Photo: Mar 31, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards (1) dribbles the ball at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Edwards hilariously explains why he talked trash to opposing coach

Anthony Edwards in his Wolves uniform

Anthony Edwards was the No. 1 overall pick in 2020, and he is quickly becoming No. 1 overall in our hearts as well.

The Minnesota Timberwolves swingman had an electrifying season debut on Wednesday against the Houston Rockets, putting up 29 points on six three-pointers. After Edwards hit back-to-back triples towards the end of the first half, he started talking trash in the direction of the Houston bench.

Edwards hilariously explained after the game that he was talking to Rockets coach Stephen Silas, telling Silas to call a timeout.

“Yeah, I was telling the coach to call a damn timeout,” said Edwards, per Wolves writer Dane Moore. “You need a timeout. I’m hot.”

That’s a Larry Bird level of confidence and swagger from a 21-year-old kid. Edwards, who was 6-of-12 from deep on the night, also seems to be leveling up big-time from last season when he shot just 32.9 percent from three.

We know that Edwards has never lacked belief in himself. If Wednesday’s outing was any indication, Edwards’ game is rapidly improving along with the spring in his step.

Photo: Mar 31, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards (1) dribbles the at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Timberwolves think Anthony Edwards was disrespected with his latest ranking

Anthony Edwards

Much like how Ant-Man is a slept-on superhero, the Minnesota Timberwolves think that their Ant-Man is being slept on big-time.

FanSided released a ranking this week of the top 25 NBA players under 25 years old. Wolves star Anthony Edwards did not even make the cut and came in at No. 29 as one of the “best of the rest.” Edwards ranked behind role players like Gary Trent Jr. and Matisse Thybulle as well as Detroit Pistons rookie Cade Cunningham, who has yet to play in a single NBA game.

The Wolves reacted to the list by simply tweeting an ellipsis to indicate complete and utter speechlessness.

The 20-year-old Edwards was a stud as a rookie. He averaged 19.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game while also appearing in all 72 games for Minnesota. It was the highest-scoring rookie season in Wolves history.

If Edwards’ numbers on the court are not enough to convince you that he is one of the best young athletes around, maybe his performance in other sports will do the trick.

Look: Anthony Edwards is one heck of a bowler

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards has talked himself up as a multi-sport talent on several occasions, but he apparently has no problem backing up those claims.

The Minnesota Timberwolves star posted a video of himself at the bowling alley to his Instagram Story this week. Edwards had just finished bowling a 243 and was hyping himself up. Check out the video below (but beware that it has bad language).

Edwards’ impressive game featured a run of seven strikes in a row as well as two additional spares. A perfect score in bowling is a 300, which Edwards was not too far off from.

The former top overall pick played Pop Warner football as a kid and was one of the top youth running backs in the country. Edwards also played baseball when he was younger and recently said that he could throw 100 mph with a month of training. When it comes to bowling, Edwards can do numbers there too, way better than what we have seen from NBA players before.

Anthony Edwards has gotten taller this offseason

Anthony Edwards

At 20 years old and coming off an excellent rookie season, Anthony Edwards appears to have hit another growth spurt.

Minnesota Timberwolves coach Chris Finch told reporters on Wednesday that Edwards has grown this offseason to 6-foot-6, per Chris Hine of The Star Tribune. For reference, Edwards was 6-foot-4 when the Wolves drafted him last November.

Finch adds that the team may now be more comfortable using Edwards as a small-ball power forward thanks to the growth spurt. Finch also expressed confidence that Edwards will be able to rebound better as well.

The former No. 1 overall pick Edwards averaged 19.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game last season. Those numbers were good enough to make All-Rookie First Team and to finish as the runner-up in Rookie of the Year voting to Charlotte Hornets star LaMelo Ball.

Edwards will be entering his sophomore year with a definite vengeance. A taller frame on top of that should make him even more of a terror to guard.

Anthony Edwards has warning for NBA after losing Rookie of the Year

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards shared a brief but powerful reaction on Twitter Wednesday to losing the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

Edwards, who averaged 19.3 points per game for the Minnesota Timberwolves, finished behind LaMelo Ball for the award.

Edwards acknowledged the news on social media with two emojis. His tweet warned the rest of the NBA that he would be very motivated next season.

That’s a good thing for the Timberwolves, and a scary thing for the rest of the NBA.

But did Edwards deserve the award? Those who saw him the second half of the season probably think so. Edwards averaged 23.8 points per game after the break. But Ball was better immediately and throughout the season for Charlotte. Ball also helped the Hornets qualify for the play-in.

It’s hard to argue with the choice of Ball for the award. But Edwards taking the loss as motivation is a great sign for his future.