Marv Albert: Andrew Wiggins’ post-win interview ‘delusional’ (vid)
The Minnesota Timberwolves notched the upset of the NBA season on Tuesday night when the team shockingly outlasted the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena, overcoming a 17-point deficit to beat the Association’s best team 124-117 in overtime.
Andrew Wiggins, who scored 27 of his 32 points after halftime — including the Wolves’ first six points in the overtime — and contributed six steals, five rebounds and four assists, was interviewed by TNT after the game.
Marv Albert, who handled the play-by-play duties for the game alongside analyst Chris Webber, was taken aback by what the 21-year-old budding superstar had to say about the game and the Timberwolves’ pedigree.
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“My team is good,” Wiggins stated, as transcribed by the Star Tribune. “We can win on any given night.”
“[This gives us] a lot of confidence. They’re the best team with the best record, right now. So we came into the game thinking we’ve got to beat them,” Wiggins added. “It was a good challenge for us, a young team. If we want to make the playoffs, this is a team we’re going to have to beat in the playoffs, to win the playoffs.”
To be fair, what Wiggins had to say was undoubtedly a bit of a stretch, given the team is sitting at 26 victories and is lottery-bound after yet another bad season. Perhaps his comments could be attributed to the thrill of going into one of the toughest places to win in the NBA and coming out with a victory when no one gave the Wolves a chance of doing so.
But Albert wasn’t about to let Wiggins off the hook that easily.
“Did he say we could win on any given night? So we had 26 given nights,” Albert cracked.
Webber agreed with his fellow broadcaster’s sentiment.
“And then he said ‘This is a team we’re going to have to beat in the playoffs.’ Slow down, young fella. Slow down.”
Albert wrapped up the commentary by making the following proclamation.
“We vote that the delusional interview of the season,” he said. “But a terrific win for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and this crowd is leaving the building in disbelief.”
Wiggins arguably deserves a break for his grandiose claims. But given the makeup of the Wolves roster — with Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Zach LaVine leading the way — perhaps it won’t be long until the Minnesota Timberwolves will no longer be considered one of the NBA’s longest-running jokes.