Chuck: Anthony Edwards Reminds Me of Michael Jordan & Kobe Bryant | Inside the NBA

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27 Apr 202404:15


TLDRThe transcript discusses the recent performance of basketball player Anthony Edwards, drawing comparisons to Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant in terms of his competitive spirit and determination to win. The conversation also touches on the Minnesota Timberwolves' strong showing against the Phoenix Suns, despite Phoenix's regular-season dominance. The importance of players like Mike Conley and Karl-Anthony Towns in the Timberwolves' success is highlighted, with Towns' potential for greater impact through post play being noted. The discussion further delves into the significance of playoff settings versus regular season performance, emphasizing the need for teams to step up and adapt to the heightened intensity of playoff games. The summary also mentions the contrasting defensive and offensive capabilities of teams like Milwaukee and Indiana, and how these can impact playoff outcomes.


  • πŸ€ Shaquille O'Neal admires Anthony Edwards' aggressive approach, comparing it to Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant's killer instinct to win.
  • πŸ“Ί The speaker discusses a recent ESPN appearance by Edwards, where his competitive spirit was highlighted.
  • 🀝 The current state of basketball is criticized for being too friendly, lacking the competitive edge of past players.
  • πŸ“‰ Despite Phoenix having a 3-0 lead over Minnesota during the regular season, the speaker is surprised by their current series deficit.
  • πŸš€ The speaker believes Minnesota's performance was as expected, but they need to prove themselves in the playoffs.
  • 🎯 Mike Conley is praised for his calming influence and leadership on the Minnesota team.
  • πŸ”₯ Karl-Anthony Towns is identified as a key factor for Minnesota, with the speaker expressing frustration over his preference for three-pointers over utilizing his size advantage in the post.
  • πŸ€” The importance of not underestimating regular season performance is mentioned, but the unique challenges of the playoffs are also acknowledged.
  • 🧐 The Milwaukee Bucks' poor defense and Indiana Pacers' strong offense are pointed out as a problematic matchup.
  • πŸ“Š Minnesota's size is seen as a significant advantage in the series, with impressive rebounding and points in the paint statistics.
  • πŸ’₯ The Phoenix team's lack of defined roles and organization is criticized, with the expectation of more from their star players.

Q & A

  • Who does Shaq compare Anthony Edwards to when discussing his attitude towards winning games?

    -Shaq compares Anthony Edwards to Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, noting their shared mentality of 'killing everything in front of them' to win a game.

  • What does the speaker find surprising about the current state of the game?

    -The speaker is surprised that many players in today's game prefer a more friendly, 'buddy-buddy' approach, as opposed to the killer instinct displayed by players like Jordan, Bryant, and Edwards.

  • What is the speaker's opinion on the Phoenix Suns' performance against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the series?

    -The speaker believes that Phoenix has been disappointing in the series, despite having beaten Minnesota three times during the regular season.

  • What does the speaker think about the regular season's relevance to the playoffs?

    -The speaker suggests that the regular season is different from the playoffs, where the level of competition and officiating are heightened, and thus should not be used to predict playoff outcomes.

  • Which player does the speaker identify as a significant catalyst for the Minnesota Timberwolves' performance?

    -The speaker identifies Mike Conley as a significant catalyst for the Timberwolves, praising his ability to settle the team and help them understand the game situation.

  • What is the speaker's critique of Karl-Anthony Towns' playing style?

    -The speaker criticizes Karl-Anthony Towns for not taking advantage of his size and instead opting to shoot three-pointers, suggesting he should post up more to get easy baskets and force double-teams.

  • What factor has been a significant advantage for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the series?

    -The size advantage of the Minnesota Timberwolves has been a significant factor in the series, with the team outperforming Phoenix in rebounds, points in the paint, and second-chance points.

  • How does the speaker view the role of Anthony Edwards in the Timberwolves' success?

    -The speaker views Anthony Edwards as the go-to guy for the Timberwolves, acknowledging his role as the primary player to make plays and score points.

  • What is the speaker's opinion on the importance of team organization and defined roles?

    -The speaker believes that having a well-organized team with clearly defined roles is crucial, citing the Phoenix Suns' lack of organization and undefined roles as a reason for their underperformance.

  • What does the speaker imply about the Milwaukee Bucks' defensive capabilities?

    -The speaker implies that the Milwaukee Bucks are the worst defensive team in the league, which poses a significant challenge in matchups against strong offensive teams like the Indiana Pacers.

  • How does the speaker evaluate the impact of Karl-Anthony Towns' absence during the regular season games?

    -The speaker acknowledges that Karl-Anthony Towns' absence during the regular season games with Milwaukee and Indiana might have influenced the outcomes, suggesting that the regular season results may not fully reflect the teams' capabilities.



πŸ€ Anthony Edwards' Aggressive Playstyle

The speaker discusses their admiration for Anthony Edwards' competitive spirit, drawing comparisons to Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. They note Edwards' determination to take control and win, contrasting it with the more friendly approach of some modern players. The speaker also reflects on the performance of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns in the playoffs, emphasizing the need for Phoenix to step up their game, especially considering their regular-season record against Minnesota. They highlight the importance of players like Mike Conley and Karl-Anthony Towns in the series and critique Towns for not leveraging his size advantage more often on the court.



πŸ’‘Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal, commonly known as Shaq, is a retired professional basketball player and current sports analyst. In the script, Shaq's opinions and comments on basketball players and games are central to the discussion, particularly his comparison of Anthony Edwards to Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.

πŸ’‘Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards is a professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves. His aggressive attitude and performance are highlighted in the script, with references to his determination to 'kill everything in front of me' and his role as a go-to player for his team.

πŸ’‘Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant

Both Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant are legendary figures in the world of basketball, known for their competitive spirit and drive to win. The script draws a parallel between these icons and Anthony Edwards, indicating a similar killer instinct and desire to win.


The playoffs represent the championship series in professional basketball, where teams compete for the title after the regular season. The script discusses the difference in performance between the regular season and playoffs, emphasizing the heightened intensity and importance of each game.

πŸ’‘Mike Conley

Mike Conley is a professional basketball player mentioned as a significant catalyst for the Minnesota Timberwolves. His role is to settle the team and help them understand the situation during games, which is crucial for their performance in the playoffs.

πŸ’‘Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns is a player for the Minnesota Timberwolves who is highlighted for his size advantage and scoring ability. The script criticizes his tendency to shoot three-pointers instead of utilizing his size to post up and dominate inside, which could lead to more scoring opportunities.

πŸ’‘Regular Season vs. Playoffs

The script contrasts the regular season with the playoffs, noting that the latter is a different level of competition with less leniency from referees and a higher stakes environment. This distinction is important for evaluating a team's true capabilities and potential for success.

πŸ’‘Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks

The Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks are NBA teams whose regular season performance is contrasted with their playoff performance. The script suggests that Milwaukee's poor defense and Indiana's strong offense make for a challenging matchup, emphasizing the unpredictability of playoff outcomes.

πŸ’‘Rudy Gobert

Rudy Gobert is a professional basketball player known for his defensive skills and ability to control the boards. The script praises his performance in game three, highlighting his contributions to the team's success in rebounds, points in the paint, and second chance points.

πŸ’‘Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns are an NBA team that had a strong regular season performance but are described as disappointing in the playoffs within the script. Their lack of defined roles and organizational structure is criticized, with an expectation of better performance from their star players.

πŸ’‘Nuclear Weapons Metaphor

The term 'nuclear weapons' is used metaphorically in the script to describe star players on the Phoenix Suns who are expected to perform exceptionally well. The disappointment stems from these players not 'going off' or living up to their potential during the games discussed.


Shaquille O'Neal's admiration for Anthony Edwards' aggressive approach to the game, reminiscent of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.

Anthony Edwards' determination to take control and not wait for others to give him opportunities.

The surprise at Minnesota's performance despite being down 3-0 in the series against Phoenix.

The belief that Minnesota's regular season performance was as good as advertised, but needs playoff success to convince skeptics.

Mike Conley's significant impact on the team's performance, providing stability and understanding of the game situation.

Criticism of Karl-Anthony Towns for not utilizing his size advantage and focusing too much on three-point shots.

The importance of not underestimating the regular season but recognizing the heightened intensity of the playoffs.

The contrasting defensive capabilities of Milwaukee and offensive prowess of Indiana, highlighting a potential matchup nightmare.

The impact of Karl-Anthony Towns' absence in previous games on the team's performance during the regular season.

Minnesota's size advantage being a significant factor in the series against Phoenix.

Rudy Gobert's strong performance in game three, contributing significantly to the team's success.

The disappointment with Phoenix's performance, expecting more from their star players.

The lack of defined roles and organization within the Phoenix team, affecting their performance.

Anthony Edwards' emergence as the go-to player for Minnesota, solidifying his role on the team.

The potential for a sweep in the Western Conference with Denver leading the Lakers 3-0.

The expectation for Phoenix's star players to step up and perform, especially in home games.



get the Shaq man I watched my sons last


night that gr when I keep saying that


Anthony was a grown ass man you know get


to Shaq you said no no when Shaq said he


love Anthony Edwards I'm like I'm with


you Shaq yeah when I saw him on the on


ESPN last night when he said I'm just


gonna kill everything in front of me man


it reminded me so much of Michael Jordan


and Kobe Bryant they would kill you to


win a game it's not many players in


today's game everybody want to be buddy


buddy my Sons man clearly it's over but


I'm shocked they're down three zip but


man Anthony Edwards is letting everybody


on notice yeah I'm not going to wait for


y'all to give me anything I'm GNA take


it all and I love it is this look when


you look at that series and Phoenix beat


them all three times during the season


um is this the case and Minnesota had a


great year is Minnesota better than you


thought they were or is Phoenix


disappointing in this series I


personally think Minnesota was as good


as advertised but we need to see it in


this setting the playoff setting and to


make us Believers I you know regular


season is a regular season it's another


level in the playoffs you know they


don't call as many fouls so on and so


forth but theyve stepped up and I think


Mike connley is is a huge catalus for


that been there and his ability to put


these guys in situations settle them


down get them to understand you know the


the time and the situation and they're


responding and they feel confident well


and also I think that car town to me is


the difference he drives me crazy


shooting all those streets I have no


problem with him shooting a three every


now and then but he never takes


advantage of his size Advantage he


because Rudy is going to be playing the


bigger guy most of the time Carl Lon


town is gonna have a mismatch every


single night and he stands out there and


shoot threes I'm like yo man if you


would post up number one you get a lot


of easy baskets but also you would force


them to double you so for me Carls and


the towns is a really huge difference


but they got that dog lead them but also


Ernie you I don't think you can ever go


by the regular season because you don't


know if it was a back-to-back you I know


but but like when you look at Indiana


Milwaukee you've said oh no no they're


they own them and that was based on


regular season yeah but that but that's


different I say because Milwaukee is the


worst defensive team in the league and


Indiana is one of the best offensive


teams in the league that's a matchup


nightmare that that's just like they


can't stop us so that that was a


different animal but I don't think car


cuz remember car and towns was out the


last time I think they played so what


they did during the regular season it it


does matter but the Milwaukee uh Indiana


thing was just because my Milwaukee is


awful defensively and uh Milwaukee just


can't stop anybody this uh the Minnesota


size has been such a factor in this


series Chuck and you look at I mean Shaq


and you look at game three last night


plus 22 on the boards plus 20 in the


paint plus 11 Second Chance points I'm


happy for Rudy he's been playing well


Cat's been playing well I agree with


Chuck but you know cat's been playing


well so we're not going to nitpick on


what he should and shouldn't do but as


far as Phoenix been very very


disappointed Chuck always brags about


the nuclear weapons I haven't seen a


grenade yet


Arnie I haven't seen it so you know when


you have three scores like that at least


two of them have to go off especially at


home and I haven't really seen you know


sometimes AR you have too much talent


and like you you know with Phoenix it's


like ch you shoot Vince you shoot I'm


going shoot like it's no like you like


Organization no organization like their


roles are not defined when you look at


Minnesota they know Anthony is is a


go-to guy get him the ball and let him


make a play and Cat you know has that


second and you got to give cat credit


for understanding that now Anthony


Edwards is that guy because you know


there was a little riff of who's the guy


blah blah blah he now understands


Anthony Edwards this is his another


sweep opportunity in the west where


Denver leads the Lakers 3 nothing and to


reference come


on you're supposed to be