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Karl-Anthony Towns trolled Russell Westbrook so hard after airball

Karl-Anthony Towns trolls Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook has been mocked by NBA fans all season, but few have trolled him as savagely as Karl-Anthony Towns did on Wednesday night.

Westbrook airballed a three-point attempt from the corner during the Los Angeles Lakers’ latest loss — a 124-104 thumping at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The ball sailed right into Towns’ hands, and the big man casually handed it to a teammate. He then taunted Westbrook by staring into the air with a confused look as if to say, “Where on earth was that thing going?” Check it out:

Westbrook was asked after the game about opponents talking trash to him, and he insisted he is not bothered. You can see his response at around the 1:10 mark below:

That is hard to believe. Westbrook has already admitted he feels strongly about the new nickname people have been taunting him with. We doubt he appreciates Towns making him look bad like that.

Of course, the only for Westbrook to get people off his back is to start hitting shots. He went just 5-of-12 from the field against the T-Wolves and 1-of-4 from three-point range. If you want to know how bad he has been over the past few months, look no further than this embarrassing stat.

John Calipari shares his funny Karl-Anthony Towns story

John Calipari at a press conference

It is not quite Coach Carter and Timo Cruz, but John Calipari still has a very cool relationship with one of his former players.

The Kentucky head coach Calipari shared a funny story about Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns this week. On Monday against the San Antonio Spurs, Towns dropped a career-high 60 points. It was also the highest scoring game in the NBA this season (though Kyrie Irving also hung 60 on the Orlando Magic the very next day).

Following Towns’ volcanic eruption, Calipari revealed that he called up the star big man and had a hilarious exchange with him.

“I have to share a conversation I had [with] @KarlTowns this morning that absolutely made my day,” he tweeted. “I left Karl a voicemail saying, ‘Heard you had 32 points last nite,’ knowing he had 32 IN THE THIRD QUARTER. Immediately, he calls back [and] as soon as I answer, he yells, ‘SIXTY!!!’

“I told him I needed him to sign the game ball and send it to me, so I can put it in my office,” Calipari added. “he said he’s going to send me a TV instead, so I can watch the replay of him winning the three-point contest because I never let him shoot threes. LOL!”

Calipari, who coached Towns at Kentucky for one season back in 2014-15 and made it to the Final Four with him, also said how proud he was of the now 26-year-old.

“What a man he has become!” said Calipari. “So proud of you @karltowns. For what you’ve done…and what you will still do! Karl is one of the special players we’ve had here, who didn’t score like they wanted, but learned how to fight and how to be a great teammate…and I am so proud of them all!”

The three-time All-Star Towns only averaged 10.3 points a game in college, as he was on a stacked team that also had Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Willie Cauley-Stein, Tyler Ulis, the Harrison twins, and others. Towns often jokes that Calipari held him back, but at least now we are able to witness Towns’ full fire-breathing capabilities at the NBA level. The funny back-and-forths between Towns and Calipari, which have become a sort of tradition during recent times, will never get old either.

Photo: Danny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Karl-Anthony Towns explains his viral moment with Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan giving a speech

Karl-Anthony Towns is explaining a recent video that made it seem like the Kentucky-North Carolina rivalry was alive and well.

During All-Star Weekend in Cleveland, a viral video showed retired NBA legend Michael Jordan going out of his way to embrace Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic. When the Minnesota Timberwolves center Towns then approached Jordan though, His Airness appeared to largely blow him off.

In a Twitch stream this week, Towns explained the hilarious video.

“MJ looks at me, and he goes, ‘I remember what you did to my team. I seen what you did to my team. F–k you!'” said Towns. “And I said, ‘Yeah! I like this energy!’ That’s why you see me right in the video go, ‘Yeah!’

“And the funniest part, MJ is so iconic and so competitive,” Towns added. “He looks back at me and goes, ‘Yeah!'”

Jordan, who owns the Charlotte Hornets, appears to have been upset about his team’s game against Towns and the Wolves on Feb. 15. The Wolves won in overtime 126-120 as Towns led all scorers with 39 points and 15 boards.

The funny interaction with Towns is certainly in character for the famously petty Jordan, who has held grudges against others for much less.

Photo: Dec 21, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan unveils the new Charlotte Hornets logo at halftime during the game against the Utah Jazz at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

No, Joel Embiid did not reignite his feud with Karl-Anthony Towns

Joel Embiid holds a basketball

Joel Embiid’s feud with Karl-Anthony Towns is a thing of the past despite what social media might have led you to believe this week.

A Twitter post went viral this week claiming that Embiid and Draymond Green stuck up for Russell Westbrook after Towns criticized Westbrook.

The post, which you can see here, included a profane comment that Embiid left on Towns’ Instagram page in which Embiid called Towns a “p—y” and a “b—h” (profanity edited by LBS). That led many to take the narrative that the Embiid-Towns beef was back on the menu and run with it.

This was not the case though. It is true Green left a comment bashing Towns in direct response to Towns’ criticism of Westbrook. But the comment that Embiid wrote is actually over two years old. Embiid wrote it on Towns’ page back in Oct. 2019 after the two fought on the court during a game. We even did a story about it here on LBS at the time.

In March of last year however, Embiid put an end to the feud by expressing his well wishes for Towns after Towns’ mother was hospitalized due to COVID-19 and eventually died due to the illness.

Towns also showed love to Embiid just last month after Embiid returned from his own bout with COVID.

“I told Embiid on the court, I am very happy that he’s come to the other side with COVID,” said Towns, per Sports Illustrated. “We had our thing for a while, but that’s bigger than basketball. That’s bigger than what we have. I’ve seen it kill people, and I’m glad that he is on the other side. I am very, very happy that he’s doing well and he’s coming out on the other side and that he is healthy and he is getting himself back into basketball.”

The Embiid-Towns story is a heartwarming one of former enemies putting aside their differences and showing compassion for each other during their respective times of need. That is what makes resurrecting an old comment made by Embiid and spinning it as a brand-new shot at Towns misleading and just flat-out wrong.

Photo: Nov 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) warms up before action against the Sacramento Kings at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green fires back at Karl-Anthony Towns over Westbrook criticism

Draymond Green during practice

Western Conference: Civil War appears to be officially upon us.

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns caused a stir this week with comments about L.A. Lakers guard Russell Westbrook. Towns said that he thinks Westbrook chases statistics and explained his reasoning why.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green did not take too kindly to Towns’ opinion. Commenting on an Instagram video of Towns’ remarks, Green essentially called Towns a hypocrite.

“I once watched from the bench due to us beating the Twolves a– (profanity edited by LBS) and he was in the game down 20 with 2 mins to go,” Green said of Towns. “Come on man. Stop talking to people about the ‘bros’ and yelling this is a ‘brotherhood’. SMH.”

The argument could indeed be made that Towns himself is a “good stats, bad team” guy. He has averaged 23.0 points and 11.4 rebounds per game but has only ever made the playoffs once (losing in the first round in 2018). But Minnesota’s losing ways seem to be more tied to organizational dysfunction than to Towns.

In any case, Green is casting doubt here on the credibility of the speaker. But that alone does not make Towns’ criticism of Westbrook any less valid. In fact, Towns is far from the only NBA player who believes that Westbrook pads his numbers.

Photo: Feb 20, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) stands on the court before the game against the Houston Rockets at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Karl-Anthony Towns goes viral for Russell Westbrook criticism

Russell Westbrook warming up

Russell Westbrook has put up some stat lines during his NBA career that most players could only dream of, and many people think the Los Angeles Lakers star has a tendency to focus too much on boosting his own numbers. Karl-Anthony Towns feels that is a fair assessment.

During a live interview with Twitch streamer Adin Ross early Monday morning, Towns spoke about how he never concerns himself with stats and is always focused on winning. That led to Ross asking a question about Russell Westbrook. Ross knew the response might create some controversy and told Towns, “if you don’t want to comment on it, that’s fine.” Towns shared his honest assessment of Westbrook’s game.

“He definitely gets stats. He chases stats,” Towns said. “I think he’s a hell of a player, though. I don’t care what anyone says — do you know how hard it is to get a triple-double? And he plays hella-hard. I just think that sometimes he plays too quick. He tries to do too much.”

Westbrook has heard that plenty throughout his career. He broke Oscar Robinson’s record last year when he recorded his 182nd triple-double, and he has only continued to separate himself from Robinson and everyone else on the list. Westbrook has been criticized in the past for padding his stats, and another NBA player took a shot at him over it earlier this month.

Between the comments about Westbrook stat-padding and the way he acted during a recent game against the Lakers, Towns probably isn’t making many friends in L.A.

Photo: Oct 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook prior to the preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Karl-Anthony Towns has exasperated response to landing in protocols

Karl-Anthony Towns during a press conference

The NBA has had to deal with a difficult week of COVID cases, and few players involved are more fed up than Karl-Anthony Towns.

The Minnesota Timberwolves center was placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols on Thursday, a few hours before the team’s scheduled game against Utah. Towns could hardly believe it, judging from an incredibly frustrated tweet he sent after receiving the news.

You can hardly blame Towns for the frustration at this point. After all, this isn’t even the first time he’s been sidelined after testing positive for the virus. That comes on top of the fact that his mother and several other family members died of the virus in 2020.

Towns’ frustration is just piling on at this point. The team’s play has been a consistent source of annoyance for much of the season, and him missing time will not help the cause either.

Photo: Jul 9, 2019; Marina del Rey, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns attends the Gatorade Athlete of the Year Awards at Ritz-Carlton. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dirk Nowitzki has funny reaction to Karl-Anthony Towns’ ‘best shooting big’ claim

Dirk Nowitzki smiling

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns recently laid claim to a throne that many believe rightfully belongs to Dirk Nowitzki. Now Nowitzki is offering a funny response.

Towns hyped up his shooting ability as a big man in an interview earlier this month with Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

“I’m the greatest big man shooter of all time,” said Towns. “That’s a fact. You can see the stats. I ain’t got to play like no one else. Everyone trying to find themselves to be the second version of me when I’m the first version. I don’t got to be the second version of someone else. I’m already an original. I don’t have to be a duplicate of someone else.”

On Tuesday, the retired Dallas Mavericks legend Nowitzki appeared on the local broadcast of the Mavs-Wolves game. After Towns hit a three-pointer, Nowitzki joked, “There’s the best shoot[ing] big man in the world!”

Nowitzki elaborated further on Towns’ comments later in the broadcast.

“He’s got the confidence and that swag,” he said of Towns, per ClutchPoints. “That’s what you need to make it in this league. Not sure if he’s the greatest of all-time already, he’s got a long way to go. But I mean, his touch is great and he’s got the full package, so definitely if he keeps playing like this, he’s gonna be up there before his career is over.”

Nowitzki is, of course, the player who is widely considered to be the greatest shooting big man of all-time. There were big men who came before Nowitzki that could hit the three like Bill Laimbeer and Jack Sikma. But Nowitzki was the first big man to hit threes with both volume and efficiency. He shot 38.0 percent for his career from three, making almost 2,000 triples. Nowitzki is also still to this day the only seven-footer to win the Three Point Contest.

The 26-year-old Towns can certainly compete, hitting 42.6 percent of his threes this season and 39.7 percent of them for his career. But even Towns’ own contemporaries will likely agree that Nowitzki is still the GOAT for now.

Photo: Nov 22, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Former Dallas Mavericks player Dirk Nowitzki smiles to the crowd during the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Karl-Anthony Towns sounded absolutely fed up after Timberwolves’ latest loss

Karl-Anthony Towns during a press conference

Karl-Anthony Towns has experienced a lot of losing in Minnesota over the years, and he sounds beyond sick and tired of it at this point.

The Minnesota Timberwolves star had some fiery quotes after the team’s latest loss on Friday to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“We just gotta play better,” said Towns, per Wolves writer John Meyer. “All of us. It’s pretty much simple as that. I’ve lost for a long time here. I’m not tryna f—ing lose anymore. Food don’t taste good. Life don’t feel the same.”

“[We go on a] five-game winning streak, things feel good,” Towns went on. “Get too comfortable, too relaxed. Don’t go and put in enough work, and you just see what happens. The last three games, we gettin’ spanked. We not losing, we gettin’ spanked.”

The Wolves have fallen back into their old bad habits after the brief winning streak last month that Towns alluded to. They are now losers of their last five games in a row, dropping them to 11-15 overall. The last three of those losses have come by a combined 60 points, all on Minnesota’s home floor.

Since drafting Towns in 2015, the Wolves have managed just one winning season. Their total record over that span is 196-294 (.400) despite pairing Towns with other ex-top picks over the years like Andrew Wiggins, D’Angelo Russell, and Anthony Edwards. The infrastructure has not been much better either, as Minnesota has cycled through four different head coaches in just the Towns era on top of some other embarrassing organizational turmoil. All of that definitely appears to be taking its toll on the star big man Towns.

Photo: Jul 9, 2019; Marina del Rey, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns attends the Gatorade Athlete of the Year Awards at Ritz-Carlton. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

T-Wolves, Karl-Anthony Towns clowned Lakers during blowout win

Karl Anthony Towns shoots from deep

The Los Angeles Lakers didn’t just lose to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. They got embarrassed by the T-Wolves.

Minnesota was down five to the Lakers at halftime but blitzed the Lakers in the second half and won 107-83.

The Timberwolves just made it rain against the Lakers. Karl-Anthony Towns was pulling up from deep and making shots.

So was D’Angelo Russell.

Minnesota outscored the Lakers 40-12 in the third quarter and by 29 in the second half. Towns made four 3-pointers in the game and finished with 29 points, while Russell made five 3-pointers and finished with 22 points. They just embarrassed the Lakers on LA’s home court.

The Lakers are now 7-6, while the Timberwolves are 4-7. This is not what the Lakers were looking for after consecutive wins at home.