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Anthony Edwards calls out Wolves teammates in NSFW rant

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Anthony Edwards is playing his second year in the NBA, but he is showing maturity beyond his age and experience. After a recent loss against the New Orleans Pelicans, the sophomore called out his teammates in an NSFW rant.

Edwards’ message: "Lock the f**k in"

Edwards aired his frustrations after the Pelicans won 107 - 98. Ant called out his teammates and put the bed all speculation he doesn't care about basketball and winning, a narrative that was going on during the draft.

“Wake-up call for sure. Lock in. Lock the f**k in. Everybody coming in here thinking it’s sweet playing the Pelicans. Whooped our ass. Now our back’s on the wall again. We got to wake up.”

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Anthony Edwards:
"Wake-up call for sure. Lock in. Lock the fuck in. Everybody coming in here thinking it’s sweet playing the Pelicans. Whooped our ass. Now our back’s on the wall again. We got to wake up."

— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) October 26, 2021

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The loss dented Minnesota's promising start of the season after going undefeated in two games. The loss was understandably hard to accept given the fact the Pelicans are missing their best player, Zion Williamson. Edwards is right; his teammates should not assume it would be an easy win because New Orleans was missing their star.

Complacency has no place in the league, and it should be corrected as early as now if the Wolves want to keep their playoff hopes alive. Although Karl Anthony-Towns played great, he failed to contain Jonas Valanciunas, who had a monster double-double of 22 points and 23 rebounds.

Veterans should be held accountable

Anthony Edwards has likely learned from one of the best vocal leaders on the court Pat Beverly who joined the team in the offseason. Beverly's tenacity will surely rub off on his teammates. While Ant and Pat Bev can try and set high expectations, Karl Anthony-Towns and D'Angelo Russell are the ones who have to lead on the court. They should set an example so that the newcomers can follow. 

What Edwards is doing is rejuvenating the franchise and stepping up to be the vocal leader when needed. The Wolves can't afford to cherry-pick when to play great games and underestimate anyone in the NBA. If they want to be considered a serious threat, they should put their A-game no matter who the opponent is or who's missing on the other side. 

In an era where star players could disrupt team chemistry after being called out by the media or teammates and then force a way out, it's nice to know young stars such as Edwards are not afraid to voice their strong opinions, primarily if it benefits the team. Everyone needs a dose of tough love from time to time, and Edwards decided the Wolves need it as soon as possible. He's not wrong.

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