Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns reveling in Philadelphia Eagles victory in Super Bowl LII
MINNEAPOLIS — Timberwolves All-Star big man Karl-Anthony Towns is still beaming two days after watching his Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl.
“I’m living the hype,” Towns said after Tuesday’s practice, still proudly wearing his Eagles jersey. “I’m living the wave right now. It’s a good time to be an Eagles fan.”
Towns, like many Timberwolves players and personnel, was in attendance on Sunday night at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis to watch the Eagles pull off the upset win.
“It was great,” Towns said. “It was great to be in Minneapolis, being able to watch the Eagles here at home. It was an amazing experience. The game was truly amazing. I don’t think anyone would disagree. If you were a Vikings fan, if you were a Seahawks fan, whatever you are. If you’re a football fan that game was absolutely amazing.”
Towns joked that Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, a die-hard New England Patriots fan and friend of coach Bill Belichick, wasn’t returning his calls after the game ended.
“I couldn’t flaunt it; he didn’t answer my calls,” Towns said. “He’s not answering any of my phone calls, so I finally got to see him today for the first time. I really didn’t want to rub it in too much. We got a game against the [Cavs] — I think we got a little bigger fish to fry right now.”
Thibodeau, who was also in attendance on Sunday night, was complimentary of Towns’ demeanor to this point.
“He’s actually handled it well,” Thibodeau said. “So far.”
Towns said he grew up with Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins — both were raised in central New Jersey — and was able to see the victory up close given that he worked as a credentialed photographer at the game for The Players’ Tribune.
“Sounds like something he would do,” Thibodeau said, drawing chuckles from the assembled media. “He’s got a lot of different interests, so I guess it’s his way of having fun. That’s who he is.”
Timberwolves veteran Jamal Crawford said Towns hasn’t been keeping quiet around his teammates.
“Karl talks a bunch of s— regardless,” Crawford said. “He’s always talking. But yeah, he’s talking a little bit more [after the win].”