Guys, I’m starting to worry about Karl Towns.
Our beloved former Cat looks nothing like himself these days amid the Jimmy Butler drama in Minnesota. Last night, he even asked to be subbed out after airballing a three:
KAT air balls a 3 and immediately asks Thibs to take him out ? pic.twitter.com/srfJeyByWX
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 25, 2018
In case you hit stop on that video before the end because it was so sad, TV announcer Jim Petersen didn’t hesitate to put Karl on blast.
“KAT just has that look in his face like he doesn’t want to play tonight. So, so be it.”
Ouch. Karl finished with 14 points off 5-17 from the field and 1-5 from the three-point line. Through five games, he’s averaging 16.4 points and 9.2 rebounds, well below his career average of 21.5 and 11.6, a discouraging trend for a player who just signed a five-year $190 million extension.
It’s not hard to figure out why Karl’s in a funk. Jimmy Butler has made his disdain for Karl well known over the past month, calling out his effort on the court and sabotaging his attempts to take leadership of the team.
The Timberwolves are supposedly still trying to find a trade for Butler, but until they do, Karl needs to stop letting him live in his head.