PatBev “Ultimate love for Minnesota.” Reiterates Anthony Edwards will leave Wolves

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Tough love or just bad take? When it comes to the Minnesota Timberwolves future with All-Star shooting guard Anthony Edwards, former Timberwolves teammate Patrick Beverley still has plenty to say. And he is doubling down on the fact that he believes that the future of the Timberwolves team will eventually part ways with Anthony Edwards.

But it’s not born out of malice, he says.  Patrick Beverley himself stated that he has the ‘Ultimate love for Minnesota,’ and clarified that he is simply saying that Timberwolves All-Star Anthony Edwards will eventually want more mountains to climb than a long and respected career with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

This was not a retraction. This was not an apology. This was simply an NBA player saying that Anthony Edwards will outgrow the Minnesota Timberwolves, and will want to be seen by bigger crowds, in bigger cities, and walk longer red carpets.

He gets Timberwolves fans because fans get him

This is all based on the presumption that flashing lights and red carpets are the factors in a  lifestyle that works for everyone. It’s not. While he may have changed his nutrition to become a better and healthier NBA player, Anthony Edwards is still the NBA player who loves Popeyes’ chicken sandwiches and french fries.

This is not the tale of Prince Charming. This is not a tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. This is the life, the real-life story of Anthony Edwards, a young man who played far too well for a teenager who was drafted into the NBA. He is the young man who was more than happy to address the controversial practice of big-money players sitting out games in the regular season and did so during one of the interviews in his first appearance at the NBA All-Star game:

He understands the business of professional basketball. He knows that it’s about giving the fans their money’s worth. And what better team to do that for than the Minnesota Timberwolves? And yet, nobody gives Anthony Edwards credit for that level of maturity even to this day.