Skip to main content

KAT: 'I want to build a legacy in Minnesota'

Karl-Anthony Towns is "extremely happy" to play under Chris Finch.
Karl-Anthony Towns

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns spoke to the media for the first time since the team's coaching change on Tuesday, signaling he's "extremely happy" to play under Chris Finch and is committed to "building a legacy" in Minnesota.

"I'm a very loyal guy to a fault," Towns said. "I would love to finish my career here in Minnesota...I want to build something great here. I want to build a legacy in Minnesota."

Towns' comments come two days after the Timberwolves fired Ryan Saunders. In a process that took less than 24 hours, the Wolves tabbed Finch to replace Saunders in a move that caught everyone off guard.

That included Towns, who didn't learn of the change until he was eating pizza with his father after Sunday's loss to the New York Knicks.

"It's just a business," Towns said of the change. "I'm extremely happy to call Coach Finch my coach. I'm extremely accepting of him. I've been excited all day to finally get to hear what he wants to say and try to learn the little offensive schemes he's putting in and defensive stuff. But you know, it's a business."

While Towns was excited to get to work with Finch, he also voiced concerns about the lack of an opportunity for a minority candidate, specifically Timberwolves assistant David Vanterpool. 

Vanterpool, who is Black, had the endorsement of Portland Trail Blazers stars Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, but didn't get the chance to interview in the expedited process to hire Finch from the Toronto Raptors.

"There's a lot of amazing men of color out there that deserve the opportunity to lead a team and to run an organization and have a chance to make their mark in this league, not with a jersey on but with a suit on, and I say that with meaning," Towns said. 

"As a man who looks like me, I can't wait to see [Vanterpool] get a job where he can flourish, be a head coach, and run a team, and we're so honored and blessed to have him here on this coaching staff."

With Finch getting the call, it should mean good things for Towns. Finch said during his introductory press conference on Monday that he plans on making Towns the center point of the Timberwolves offense beginning with Tuesday night's game with the Milwaukee Bucks.

But Towns' comments also carry a shelf life. 

At 7-24, the Timberwolves hold the worst record in the NBA. With more stars forcing themselves out of bad situations, the Wolves' new regime needs to find success quickly or risk having Towns be the latest to look for a new home.

Next Up

Winter scene snow storm snowfall highway driving traffic - Joe Nelson Feb 2022 4

Winter storm warning for Twin Cities: 6+ inches possible

The heaviest snow could move through the Twin Cities.

police lights

Carver man charged after standoff with police in Prior Lake

The man had been fleeing from police when he allegedly broke into a home and the standoff ensued.

ambulance

41-year-old Sherburne County man killed after crashing car into ditch

The crash occurred Sunday night in Palmer Township.

Screen Shot 2022-11-28 at 4.01.10 PM

Around 200 rescued after ice breaks free on Upper Red Lake

Red Lake — both Upper and Lower — is the largest freshwater lake in the state.

Screen Shot 2022-11-28 at 9.38.30 AM

St. Paul featured on Hallmark Channel's 'Christmas Cam' livestream

Downtown's dazzling display can be viewed from anywhere in the world.

JamborMugshot

Charges: Drunk driver almost struck Bemidji parade spectators

The man told police he was trying to attend the parade himself.

6

The SCHEELS Experience

Whether looking for reliable hunting and fishing gear or new clothing and shoes, Eden Prairie SCHEELS is a one-stop shopping experience for the whole family.

0

Charges: Man fatally shot ex's new partner as he dined at Bloomington restaurant

Criminal charges filed Monday detail an alleged motive in the shooting.

MetallicaLiveLondonWikimedia

Metallica to perform 2 nights in Minneapolis on 2023-24 World Tour

The heavy metal rock band returns to the state for the first time since 2018.

snow, plow

Tuesday storm to dump plowable snow in Minnesota

Snow should reach the Twin Cities Tuesday morning and fall throughout the day.

Related

Chris Finch / Timberwolves

National Basketball Coaches Association criticizes Timberwolves' coaching search

The organization believes the Timberwolves failed "to conduct a through and transparent search" before hiring Chris Finch.

Chris Finch / Timberwolves

Timberwolves introduce Chris Finch as head coach

Finch agreed to a multi-year deal in a process that took less than 24 hours

Ryan Saunders

Wolves fire Saunders, immediately hire replacement

The Timberwolves have reportedly agreed with Toronto assistant Chris Finch on a multi-year deal to replace Saunders.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Wolves fall to Thunder despite KAT's big night

Towns had 33 points, but the Wolves lost again.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Post Bucks win, KAT says “I play with f****** passion”

Towns was asked how he controls his emotions on the court.

Chris Finch / Minnesota Timberwolves

Bucks spoil Chris Finch's Timberwolves debut

Milwaukee's hot shooting torched the Timberwolves.

Karl-Anthony Towns

5 questions for the 2020-21 Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves have an intriguing roster, but will it make them relevant?