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“Your strengths are my weaknesses and vice versa”

The Minnesota Timberwolves have gambled this summer on returning to tall-man duos by combining Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert on the same roster. Much has been said about how both players will be able to fit in on the court, but this time it was Towns himself who wanted to analyze how they will complement each other, something in which he has shown full confidence.

“Their strengths are my weaknesses and vice versa, so we can play next to each other” he assured just before imagining how the team’s offense could work. “In a pick&roll, the defense is going to have to watch both of us, and Ant (Edwards) will be open waiting in case we get the ball. When he receives, he will have a one on one against his man with no one guarding the paint, so this will open up a lot of options for him as well.”

Towns was also very optimistic not only in his union with Gobert, but in the boost that the Frenchman can give the team. The center believes that fighting for a championship should be the real objective of the Timberwolves, and has stressed that he truly believes in it and that it is not a way to sell empty expectations.

“There is no more time and no more excuses. It is our moment and I expect many victories. I’m going to go out and play with the mentality that we either get the ring or we fail. And I’m not saying this to sell smoke. I really want to bring a championship to Minnesota and I think Rudy brings a lot of things that will help make it happen. It will be a fundamental part if we want to be a team that fights for the title.

Already last season, the Minneapolis team made an important leap by sneaking into the playoffs, placing their name among the teams to watch in the competition. Now, Towns wants to keep going up.

“This year we’ve made some noise and made sure everyone knows we’re not the Timberwolves they’ve grown accustomed to. They’re already aware and they’re coming into pre-season thinking about how to beat us, so why not keep up the momentum? Why not bring a championship and bring back that basketball that fans are so excited to see? Let’s go for it.”

(Cover photo: David Berding/Getty Images)

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