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Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards have an epic postgame with reporters after the Game 7 win

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9)The Minnesota Timberwolves are tired of talking about two decades of futility, instability and bad basketball.

The Timberwolves are in the Western Conference Finals for the first time in two decades after a 98-90 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 7 Sunday night. Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards sat together on stage after the win, answering questions.

This is the furthest Towns has gone in his nine years with Minnesota after being selected No. 1 overall in 2015.

“I’ve been here nine years, I’ve talked about wanting to win and do something special here with this organization,” Towns said.

Edwards quickly jumped in.

“Man, fuck them for nine years. This year.”

A reporter then asks about teams that win championships and typically have to endure adversity before they can achieve success. Since Kevin Garnett led the Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals in 2004, here’s a glimpse of what’s happened in Minnesota:

  • Flip Saunders was fired after a 25-26 start in 2004-05

  • Since Saunders was fired, the Timberwolves had Dwayne Casey, Randy Wittman, Kurt Rambis, Rick Adelman, Sam Mitchell, Tom Thibodeau and Ryan Saunders before hiring Chris Finch in 2021.

  • Saunders died of cancer in October 2015

  • The Timberwolves had Kevin McHale, David Kahn, Saunders, Milt Newton, Thibodeau Scott Layden, Sachin Gupta and Gersson Rosas in charge of the front office before bringing in Tim Connelly. Rosas was fired after having a relationship with an employee.

  • Before this season, the Timberwolves had two early playoff appearances and reached the playoffs only three times in the past two decades.

  • Thibodeau traded for Jimmy Butler, and to say he clashed with Towns is an understatement.

  • This season marked the best regular-season record since 2004. The Wolves have had four seasons with fewer than 20 wins, five with fewer than 30 wins and six with 40 or fewer wins.

The reporter asks, “Usually, NBA history says you have to lose and lose a lot before you win. What’s wrong with this team?”

Towns: “We lost last year.”

Reporter: “That’s different, usually you have to lose on a bigger stage.”

Towns: “It’s the playoffs, we lost last year.”

Edwards: “We lost the last two years, s**t.”

Towns: “God damn it, how much more do we have to lose?”

Edwards: “How much do you want us to lose?”

Towns: “We’ve been losing for 20 years.”

Edwards: “I mean, that’s just the truth, dog.”

Cities: “God damn it.”

Reporter: “Why do you believe that you don’t have to wait any longer? That just getting past the second round is not the goal, that you can win the next two rounds?

Edwards: “It starts with our head coach, Chris Finch. He’s just a great coach, and he doesn’t sugarcoat anyone. If KAT messes up, he’s going to KAT. If I’m damned, he’s going to get me. If Rudy messes up, he’ll get Rudy and make him the best coach in the NBA.”

Finch was a finalist for NBA Coach of the Year and wasn’t here during the Timberwolves’ decades of struggle. He doesn’t want to talk about it either.

“Everyone talks about the last thirty years, which means nothing to me. But it means a lot to a lot of people to see this team rooting for this team, the city rallying behind this team. To beat a team like Denver their home floor like we did, it will of course mean a lot.”

The Timberwolves are now four wins away from playing in the NBA Finals, something that’s hard to fathom after the biggest win in franchise history.