CLike many other NBA stars, the leader of the Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns he has learned to deal with fierce criticism from fans his entire career. He has received them throughout his professional career, when he has had problems with his former partner Jimmy Butler your confrontation with Joel Embiid, or simply for not reaching the Playoffs or for a certain bad game. And almost all of them come from social media.
In a recent appearance on the Courage And Nadeshot Show, Towns He spoke of the pressure that many NBA stars have to endure in the form of criticism. According to him, the basketball fan is very passionate, but that passion often translates into outright hatred for the players.
“If you have a bad night, and I’m talking about any of the most recognizable players in the world, You hear comments like: ‘It sucks, it sucks’. But they forget that you had five games in a row scoring 40 or more points. If you make 16 that day, then you’re trash. “
“That’s part of being an NBA star.. Once fans get a bad idea of you, they don’t want to change it, they don’t even want to hear about other opinions. It’s something like ‘I’m the smartest guy in the world and I’m going to tweet it‘”.
The Wolves player went even further, personifying in James Harden a perfect example of his denunciation: “Think of James Harden, of which they spoke a lot and badly during the past Playoffs. Give me an argument why you think so. Show me a statistic so you can say that. And they say to me: “well, I have nothing to show you, I just watch basketball every day.” But I do have evidence. Harden averaged 31.6 points in the Playoffs trying to get his team into the Finals. And all you tell me is that you fail? “
The Towns debate is not new. Many players have had to fight against fan-tagged labels despite obvious improvements in their game. Social networks give a power that did not exist for a few years and these criticisms, often undeserved, are already part of the usual landscape of NBA stars.