Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns: A KAT on a hot Team Dominican Republic

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For Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star power forward Karl-Anthony Towns, putting the disappointing 2022-23 NBA season behind him is the first step to reclaiming his standing among NBA elite players. To do that, he needed both distraction and entertainment. Distraction to take his mind off the NBA and the endless stream of new ways and scenarios to trade him away from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Entertainment because he needed to find his infectious smile. Towns is a passionate player, but the frustration of playing in just 29 games, and a sup-par season, was wearing down his love for the game. He needed to rediscover his love for basketball, and perhaps better yet, his ability to deliver.

So far, in playing for Team Dominican Republic, heโ€™s done both:

Karl-Anthony Towns has already driven the hometown crowd in the Philipines to shower him with boos and catcalls after he paused to groom himself at the free-throw line. But in the second victory for his team, he was all business. And how do you celebrate your second consecutive win in the 2023 FIBA World Cup competition?

In style:

And so, Team Dominican Republic is suddenly out to a lead in the 2023 FIBA World Cup competition. But there are many more games to play

  1. Anthony Edwards, Team USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ (1-0)
  2. Naz Reid, Select Team USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ (NOT COMPETING)
  3. Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Team Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ (1-0)
  4. Rudy Gobert, Team France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท (0-1)
  5. Kyle Anderson, Team China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ (0-1)
  6. Karl-Anthony Towns, Team DR ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ด (2-0)
  7. Luka Garza, Team Bosnia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ (NOT COMPETING)
  8. Matteo Spagnolo, Team Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น (1-1)
  9. Coach Pablo Prigioni, Team Argentina ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท (NOT COMPETING)

The competition continues in Week 2 through Monday, August 28, as Team USA will compete against Team Greece.

Trending. Anthony Edwards simply has too many ways to win for Team USA. light

So far, Timberwolves players are certainly enjoying varying levels of success. Stay tuned for more FIBA action