There will be some people who say we shouldn’t joke about the fight that occurred on Wednesday night between Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns, but there were just some really funny aspects of it that cannot be ignored.
First off, Embiid doing some shadowboxing after the scrap with Towns was hilarious.
But the most amusing part was seeing Ben Simmons get Towns in a headlock during the fight. Towns treated it like an MMA bout and tapped out!
Then there was this great nugget — Simmons used his right arm to choke out Towns:
Simmons’ outside shooting has been targeted as his lone weakness, and some have pointed out how Simmons shoots the ball lefty but does nearly everything else with his right, including the headlock and how he throws a ball.
Embiid and Towns were ejected, and the NBA will probably hand out some more discipline. But forgive us for laughing at Simmons’ headlock and Towns tapping like it were a real fight. We officially declare Simmons 1-0 with a victory via submission.
Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns have a long history with each other, and that negative history boiled over and led to a fight on Wednesday night that resulted in their ejections.
Embiid and Towns got into a scuffle under the basket during the third quarter of the Philadelphia 76ers-Minnesota Timberwolves game. The two were pushing each other, and then Towns swung his arm around Embiid like he was trying to put him in a headlock. The two got in a clinch and wrestled each other to the floor and got separated by coaches.
Embiid seemed to make a joke of things by throwing some air punches afterwards.
The referees did not find matters as funny and handed out double technical fouls and ejected both players.
Embiid and Towns have long had problems with each other, largely owing to their status as top big men in the game. In December 2017, Embiid rubbed it in on social media after getting a win over Towns’ Timberwolves, which led to a response from Towns. Then when the teams met again in March last year, Embiid took another shot at Towns.
Embiid had 19 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes prior to exit. Towns had 13 points and six rebounds in 23 minutes.
Karl-Anthony Towns is sporting a new hairstyle this summer.
The Minnesota Timberwolves star shared photos on Instagram Sunday showing off his new hairdo. He is going with braids as his style of choice:
Braids are generally seen as an outdated style, but Kawhi Leonard has been rocking them and just won NBA Finals MVP. Maybe Towns is trying to capture some of that Kawhi braids drip for the upcoming season.
The 23-year-old center is entering his fifth season in the league and coming off back-to-back All-Star selections. Towns has averaged 22.3 points and 11.9 rebounds per game during his NBA career and is looking to get the Timberwolves back to the playoffs.
In today’s era of disgruntled franchise cornerstones, Karl-Anthony Towns does not appear to be next up on that list.
In an interview with The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski that was published on Monday, the Minnesota Timberwolves star discussed his future and spoke glowingly about his current situation.
“I’m tremendously happy,” said Towns. “I love my front office. I love my coaching staff. I think we’ve made great moves and great changes. I love the culture here. If you want to leave, you have to be miserable somewhere. I am not there. I’m planning to be in Minnesota for a long time.”
Towns, who posted 24.4 points and 12.4 rebounds per game last season en route to his second career All-Star selection, signed a five-year, $190 million supermax extension with the Wolves, which will kick in starting next season.
While the former No. 1 overall pick is often criticized and regularly overlooked in the conversation of the NBA’s best big men, Towns’ two-way production at just 23 years old is truly rare, and it sounds like he can be the stable bedrock with which the team can comfortably build around for the future.
All signs continue to point to D’Angelo Russell joining the Minnesota Timberwolves.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Russell has been in contact with Minnesota center Karl-Anthony Towns as recently as Saturday as the Timberwolves seek to clear the necessary cap room to add Russell to the roster.
It’s still unclear how the Nets will handle Russell at this situation. A trade is possible, or they could still rescind their rights to him and grant him unrestricted free agency, which seems to be the scenario Minnesota is preparing for. What’s clear is that they are Russell’s preferred destination, and it looks likely that he’ll land there one way or another.
Making one of the All-NBA teams is not just a matter of prestige and recognition for basketball players. Now, the voting of these honors has practical effects on the money certain players can earn on their contracts.
In order to incentivize the best players to remain with their current teams, the league made changes that allow teams to offer more money via the “supermax” contracts to their veteran, often homegrown star players who either win an MVP, get named Defensive Player of the Year, or make one of the All-NBA teams in a recent season.
So who was most strongly affected by the All-NBA voting? Let’s take a look.
1) Klay Thompson loses about $30 million
Thompson has made five straight All-Star teams, but he did not make the All-NBA team. He also did not make an All-NBA team in either of the previous two seasons, which will prevent him from signing a supermax deal. Rather than being eligible to sign a 5-year, $221 million contract, he will be able to top out at around $191 million over five years in a deal from the Warriors. This is good news for the Warriors, as he will be somewhat cheaper to sign. They also can offer Thompson much more money and an extra year compared to other teams looking to sign him as a free agent.
The Minnesota Timberwolves may have dodged a bullet on Karl-Anthony Towns’ knee injury.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Timberwolves are optimistic about the status of the knee after the player underwent an MRI.
Towns sustained the injury at the end of regulation Saturday night, when he limped to the locker room. While it initially looked potentially serious, coach Ryan Saunders downplayed the severity of it after the game, and the MRI results seem to back that up. His status is unclear moving forward, but it doesn’t sound like anything that will sideline him for a lengthy period of time.
Karl-Anthony Towns exited Saturday night’s win over the Washington Wizards late in the game with a knee injury, but early indications are that it was not serious.
Towns walked off the court under his own power with just seconds remaining, though he was clearly hobbled.
Following the 135-130 win, Minnesota Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said Towns would undergo further testing but that he had “not heard concern” about a serious injury.
The T-Wolves are now six games back of a playoff spot in the Western Conference, so they may play it safe with Towns. The big man is having another phenomenal season, averaging 24.5 points and 12.3 rebounds per game.
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns is presenting a scary account of the car accident that left him with a concussion.
Towns said his stopped vehicle was rear-ended by a semi traveling an estimated 35-45 MPH, and he said he’d give himself a five percent chance of surviving the accident.
Obviously, Towns is estimating on his odds here, but given the accident was enough to land him in the concussion protocol, it was definitely quite significant. In the end, he will only miss two games, and is slated to return Monday night.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will be without center Karl-Anthony Towns after he was involved in a car accident.
On Friday, Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said Towns had gotten in a car accident on the way to the airport Thursday night. He was initially considered questionable, but ultimately ruled out for Friday’s game against the New York Knicks as he entered concussion protocol.
While there are no details available on the accident, the fact that there’s concern about a concussion indicates it wasn’t just a minor fender-bender. Towns should likely be considered day-to-day at this point as he’s evaluated and the status of his head gets checked out, but it seems unlikely that he’ll miss a significant amount of time.