On today’s pod, Britt Robson of The Athletic joins to discuss why what Karl-Anthony Towns showed in the first two games provides more reason for optimism than the two blowout losses against the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers provide reason for pessimism. We unpack Britt’s most recent column, which acknowledges the devastating — though, perhaps expected — losses, but also praises KAT’s best defense of his career and Ryan Saunders’ ability to expand his coaching blueprint.
From there, we get into what the complicated plan might be in this KAT-less interim. The trappings of the D’Angelo Russell and Malik Beasley pairing. Britt’s assertion that Ricky Rubio needs to start. Dane’s assertion that Josh Okogie is the path to defensive competence. And just what the heck is going on in the Minnesota Timberwolves frontcourt — between Naz Reid, Juancho Hernangomez, Jake Layman and Jarred Vanderbilt.