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Karl Towns shines in first Summer League game




Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated Julius Randle the Las Angeles Lakers 81-68 on Friday. Towns finished with 12 points, three rebounds and four assists in his first game with the Timberwolves. Towns went 4-for-10 from the field and even showed some range by hitting a 17-footer.

Rarely does the No. 1 and No. 2 draft picks square-off in their first games in the league, but that was not the case on Friday. In front of packed house and the expectation of being the best rookie in the NBA, naturally Towns was a little nervous.

“I started out like any other rookie — I ain’t going to lie,” Towns said. “I had a lot of butterflies. I was very nervous. Legs felt heavy. It’s your first game out in front of everyone. You’re just trying to change the tide of the organization, especially being the No. 1 pick.”

Towns performed exceptionally well despite the constant struggle of being double-teamed.

“I was very comfortable [facing double-teams],” Towns said. “I did it a lot in college. I did it a lot in high school, especially. I was very ready for the double-team when I saw it coming. And just trying to make sure I was not just making the pass out of the double-team, but the right pass that gives us a scoring opportunity.”




Julius Randle finished with 11 points, one rebound and one blocked shot in his first organized game since fracturing his right tibia in his debut with the Lakers last season. Randle was limited to about 20 minutes in his first game back.

“It felt great,” Randle said. “I was definitely rusty. I really didn’t catch a rhythm until the end. … For me, my biggest thing was ‘slow down.’ Obviously, me out for so long I was anxious.”

Randle will miss Saturday’s game for precautionary reasons. Despite Randle’s opposition to the decision, he knows that listening to the training staff and his coaches is what’s best for him.
Mark Madsen, the Lakers’ summer league coach had nothing but great things to say about Randle’s post injury debut.

“Julius is continuing to find his rhythm,” Madsen said. “I think we need to put him in situations and spots on the court where it’s harder for them to send a double team. … Twenty minutes was the target for tonight for Julius. For a first game back, he did a lot of positive things.”




Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

Lover of dogs, sports and beer. @kindseybernhard

10 Comments for Karl Towns shines in first Summer League game

  1. Leuther
    12:02 pm July 11, 2015 Permalink

    Agee that Towns looked good but you should show the vine of him getting dunked on in the 1st half. It was like his size 22s were nailed to the floor…

    • Dude
      1:15 pm July 11, 2015 Permalink

      What the f*ck is wrong with you? Seriously?

    • Dude
      1:23 pm July 11, 2015 Permalink

      You miserable piece of shit.

      Time to take out the trash, KSR. Get this troll outta here.

    • J-Dub421
      2:21 am July 12, 2015 Permalink

      Leather is a known U of L troll .Just ignore him.

    • Leuther
      12:45 pm July 12, 2015 Permalink

      38 and 1, Baby!

  2. Real talk
    12:51 pm July 11, 2015 Permalink

    I do think Towns will be a great NBA player but he did not “shine” in this game. He did do some great things and showed signs of how good he will be but he had 9 fouls and 4 or 5 turnovers against ALOT of players that will be in the D-league or across the pond. Reading this you would think he pooped ice cream {stealing line from Cal} but really he struggled in lots of areas. However he should have had 7 or 8 assist but teammates either missed or were fouled on some of his nice passes. Again KAT is a great young man and a soon to be star but will take a little bit of time.

  3. BigBlueTrue
    12:58 pm July 11, 2015 Permalink

    Los Angeles not Las.

  4. Grammar Police
    4:13 pm July 11, 2015 Permalink

    Proof. Read.

  5. UK Freshmen
    12:25 am July 12, 2015 Permalink

    If this stat line indicates he ‘shined’ in his debut, then I have a chance with Rhianna.

    • J-Dub421
      2:23 am July 12, 2015 Permalink

      He did better in his debut than any of your crappy U of L players did. Enjoy watching the Lithuanian league.