Karl-Anthony Towns: ‘My patience running low with a lot of things’
The Minnesota Timberwolves have undergone a massive roster overhaul thanks to their role in a four-team, 12-player trade earlier in the week. The losing has nevertheless continued, as the squad dropped its 13th-straight game Wednesday night in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
Amid all the trade-deadline drama and Minnesota being mired in a second 10-plus-game losing streak of the season, Karl-Anthony Towns is at his wits’ end.
Bemoaning yet another loss in the midst of yet another dreadful season for the T-Wolves, KAT on Wednesday night opened up about his frustration with, well, everything.
“I’ve been losing for a long time. I’m not trying to do that s–t anymore,” Towns said, per Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “So every possession means a lot. You obviously see my patience running low with a lot of things. There’s no excuses. We gotta get it done.”
There has been speculation all season that Towns is growing increasingly weary with the Timberwolves’ ongoing struggles to put together a winning roster around him. While both the organization and the superstar have attempted to quell such a notion, Towns admitted this week that the trade that jettisoned Robert Covington — who Towns called his “best friend” on the team — left him “hurt.”
The prevailing belief in NBA circles is that this week’s blockbuster trade is merely a precursor for further wheeling and dealing by first-year Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas.
Whether Rosas has placed the pieces on the board in such a way to land D’Angelo Russell — who Towns counts as one of his closest pals in the NBA — remains to be seen.
If Rosas were to somehow pry Russell away from the Warriors — and it sounds like the T-Wolves have not yet given up hope on doing so ahead of Thursday afternoon’s deadline — it would presumably lift Towns’ obviously lagging spirits.