Karl-Anthony Towns refused to be drawn into speaking about the Jimmy Butler saga as he faced the media for the first time since the latter's epic rant in training this past Wednesday.
With the Timberwolves having arrived in Milwaukee for a preseason fixture against the Bucks, the center was approached by members of the press and the Butler situation was the first thing on their agenda.
Towns, though, kept his answers strictly basketball as he calmly avoided answering questions about his disgruntled teammate, who had previously confirmed lashing out and creating a scene in team scrimmage during the week.
"All my emotion came out at one time," Butler admitted to ESPN's Rachel Nichols in an interview on Wednesday. "Was it the right way to do it? No. But I can’t control that when I’m out there competing. That’s my love of the game. That’s raw me. Me at my finest, me at my purest. That’s what you’re going to get inside the lines."
Towns, who is said to have told management he can't work with the guard, was happy to sidestep questions on Butler, insisting he's just happy to be able to play basketball again.
“I’m just happy to play basketball in Milwaukee,” he said to reporters, via Fox Sports North.
Asked if he was tired of having to avoid the Butler talk, he replied: “I mean, are you tired of hearing me say, I’m excited to play basketball in Milwaukee?”
“I’m happy to play basketball with anybody,” was the response after a reporter asked him if he would be okay with playing with Butler if he ended up staying.
Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau weighed in as well, insisting that there are things which were reported that weren't exactly true while also avoiding the Butler gab.
“Some of what was reported was correct, some was not. In every practice there could be something,” he said. “That’s the important aspect for everyone to understand.
“You guys, your job is the drama. Our job is to get ready to play.
“So I understand you have a job. We have a job to do. And that’s what we have to do. We’re not going to get into daily behavior and stuff like that.”