Minnesota Timberwolves pivot star Karl-Anthony Towns spoke of fan hatred on social media in an interview with US podcast The Courage And Nadeshot Show. He notably defends James Harden criticized for his level in the play-offs.
Like many stars and other professional sportsmen, Karl-Anthony Towns has to face a rain of criticism after each failed match or underperformance, especially on social networks where anyone can comment on an action or an act of match in seconds. Words that may seem innocuous to some who tweet or comment regularly, but which can prove to be hard for athletes, like Naomi Osaka who declared at Roland Garros to suffer from depression under pressure journalists and supporters. A harsh reality that the star of the Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns evoked at the microphone of The Courage And Nadeshot Show. In this podcast, the number 1 of the 2015 draft explained that the passion for basketball of some fans sometimes translated into outright hatred towards the players. “If you come out with a match below your standards, you get ‘He sucks, he sucks.’ But people forget that you scored 40 points in the previous five games. All you have to do is put in 16 points. next time, for them to say, “He’s tossed. That’s it, to be an NBA player.”
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The Dominican-American player takes James Harden as an example to illustrate his point. According to him, the double MVP is unfairly criticized by the fans. “They talk all the time about his performance in the playoffs. Give me just one argument that makes you think he sucks. Show me some statistical evidence that makes you think that. Uh, I haven’t. need to show it, I know it, that’s all. I watch basketball every day, “explains the 25-year-old. He ends his explanations by defending” The Beard “, with statistics that make sense for him: “Let me tell you the facts. He runs at 31.6 points on average in the play-offs. He’s lethal, and he has done everything to carry his teams to the Finals. And are you going to tell me the guy failed? ”Social media debate and often undeserved criticism is now part of everyday life for NBA stars …