Anthony Edwards has become one of the most universally loved players in the NBA, and what not to love?
On the court, it is absolutely electrifying. He has already delivered Dunk of the Year candidates, game-winning shots, and broke a few records along the way, proving himself worthy of his No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, and he’s only 20 years old.
Off the court, he’s brilliantly charismatic and confident, which makes for a fun and hilarious sound bite whenever he has a mic in front of him.
Simply put, Anthony Edwards has become the best date in the NBA, and every press conference and interview becomes must-read or must-read material.
On a wide range of topics, from his ability to turn pro at any sport to his version of thick versus soft peanut butter and using a flip phone in 2021, here’s a look at some of the most quotable moments from Edwards.
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Anthony Edwards-ism: The best date in the NBA
In an interview with Bally Sports North reporter Marney Gellner, Edwards let us know that he could turn pro in any sport:
“He could have gone to MLB … He was fourth, fifth batter, you know what that means: straight clean in aisle three.
“Tennis, swimming, lacrosse … whatever you need me to play, I will. If there’s any money at stake, I will.”
In that same interview, on wanting a lion but settling for dogs during quarantine:
“I mean, I was bored. And I’ve always loved dogs. I love dogs, or like lions or something. But I knew I couldn’t get lions because I didn’t have the house for that.
“So I’m just going to get myself some dogs.”
In an interview with GQ’s Tyler R. Tynes about new Timberwolves co-owner Alex Rodriguez:
Tynes: So … you really don’t know who A-Rod is, huh?
Edwards: Well … I do it now!
Tynes: What have you learned in the last few days about the guy who could be the owner of your team?
Edwards: They told me he’s a member of the Hall of Fame. Someone told me he’s like the Michael Jordan of baseball.
Tynes: Didn’t you see any games or highlights to verify that with your own eyes?
Edwards: No, I don’t see any, no. However, I know she dated J-Lo!
Tynes: He does not.
Tynes: I used to date J-Lo, but they just broke up.
In the same interview, trying to name the baseball players he knows:
Edwards: I know Ortiz.
Tynes: What Ortiz?
Edwards: The hitta! The guy who’s hitting home runs!
Tynes: In what team
Edwards: Play for the Red Sox.
Tynes: David Ortiz?
Edwards: Great Papi Ortiz! That’s his name, ainnit?
In his accelerated growth to 6 feet 6 inches during the offseason after his rookie year:
“This is very Ant. He said, ‘Don’t let me get to 6’6’ or I’ll be Michael Jordan, ‘” Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch said, according to Chris Hine of the Star Tribune.
In an interview with ESPN on Summer League, about what he did for fun during the offseason:
Anthony Edwards sounds like he’s having an amazing summer pic.twitter.com/rXrql4nyf7
– Ty Hunter (@TheTyJager) August 10, 2021
“I was baptized in Lake Minnetonka. I did a couple cartwheels. Nothing,” Edwards said.
“You know how to swim?” ESPN’s Monica McNutt asked.
“Yes! Like Michael Phelps!”
By Jon Krawczynski from Athletic, when facing Giannis Antetokounmpo:
😂 Anthony Edwards post-game interviews are comedy specials! pic.twitter.com/djAnFWzXEq
– Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) October 28, 2021
“With a guy like that, you can’t worry about him scoring. That’s what he’s going to do. Muh-F –– he’s like 7-2, 280 pounds. S––, we put four people on him and he still scores the ball.” .
From Timberwolves writer / podcaster Dane Moore, on his peanut butter preferences:
– Dane Moore (@DaneMooreNBA) November 5, 2021
Before one of Minnesota’s back-to-back games this season:
By Moore, Patrick Beverley told the team whatever they did in Los Angeles in the last back-to-back, don’t do that tonight.
Edwards said everyone will play Call of Duty “until they’re sleepy.”
On having a foldable phone in 2021:
Anthony Edwards actually responded to his flip phone during his post-game press 😭🤳 @theantedwards_
– NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) November 30, 2021
According to Moore, when asked if it was a flip phone, Edwards said, “yeah, that’s my baby.”
On who’s the best tire protector in the league:
“Every time I go against Porzingis, I don’t get layup,” Edwards said after a game against the Jazz. according to Hine from the Star Tribune. “I don’t understand why we couldn’t finish Rudy Gobert.
“He didn’t put fear in my heart. I don’t know why.”
On the Trail Blazers PA announcer calling Anfernee Simons “Ant” against the Timberwolves:
I asked Anthony Edwards about Anfernee Simons’ big night and if there is enough room in the NBA for two ANTs.
Your answer: pic.twitter.com/4E9Wx28jIn
– Kyle Theige (@KyleTheige) December 13, 2021
“I don’t know why they call him Ant. How do you spell his name? ANF. So I don’t get it. I think they should call him a different name. My name is ANT. I think they should call him a different name. His name is ANF. But when it comes to basketball players, he’s very good. He makes difficult shots. He defends. Like, he can play.
“So if you want to call it Ant, then call it Ant Number 2. But it’s great.”