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Karl Towns talks to Karlito, the little man on his shoulder


Before practice today at the Joe Craft Center, Tyler Ulis spilled the beans on what may be one of the best locker room secrets to come out of Kentucky basketball this season. Ulis told reporters that Karl Towns talks to a little man on his shoulder named “Karlito.”

“He’s such a great kid, he doesn’t want to talk back to you, so he turns his head to the side and talks to that little man on his shoulder,” Coach Cal said of Towns’ imaginary friend. “After he started doing it, I said, ‘Who are you talking to?’ And I can’t remember which of the coaches gave it the nickname: ‘He’s talking to Karlito.'”

Towns said, “I do talk to myself, I don’t know why, but I have some good conversations with myself.”

I’m glad this came out because I’ve seen Towns turn and mumble towards his shoulder SEVERAL times when he’s walking down the court. I thought it was some kind of nervous tic, but no, it’s Karlito, his imaginary friend and coach.

Whatever Karl and Karlito have been discussing lately to improve Karl’s game, keep it up.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

12 responses to “Karl Towns talks to Karlito, the little man on his shoulder”

  1. meeksfor3

    So what? Rick Pitino talks to his little friend too but he is looking in a different direction.

    1. RealCatsFan

      Either that or the voices in his head.

  2. theWilkman

    Drew – we need a Karlito version of “Lil Penny” stat

  3. dhighdrated

    keep calm and talk to karlito

  4. Kentucky Back-up Player

    I bet Karlito really looks like baby Cal.

  5. babydangy

    I would bet anything that Slice is the one that gave the nickname Karlito.

  6. blakea

    if this was a player or Louisville or IU we would jump all over it

    1. VinDatuk

      But it’s not so GTFO or enjoy a little humor on the way to 40-0.

    2. blakea

      “GTFO or enjoy a little humor” is a joke of a statement. I’m sorry if I pointed out something you’re uncomfortable with.

  7. Kevin C

    Manti Te’o : “Sounds perfectly normal to me. How is this news??”

  8. UKfaninLou

    This. Is. Ridiculous. Yet. Awesome.

  9. Unboltedharp

    Last Saturday he was saying that ref should know a flop when he sees one.