Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Anthony Edwards revived a blast from the past when he answered a flip phone in the middle of a press conference.
A defining trait of Generation Z is their obsession with the Y2K era, the early 2000s period which includes the birth of many Gen Z individuals.
No zoomer appears to be more fixated on the past than Timberwolves shooting guard Anthony Edwards. Born in 2001, the 20-year-old player that went No. 1 overall in the 2020 NBA Draft owns a relic of a bygone era that older generations are quick to put behind them: the flip phone.
Anthony Edwards owns a flip phone from the era he was born in
The funny thing about Edwards owning a flip phone is that he’s no veteran NBA player holding onto his first phone from the late 1990s — Edwards can’t even remember a time when flip phones were still popular, unlike LeBron James.
For perspective, the first iPhone was released when Edwards was five-years-old. Since the iPhone boom, smart phones have conquered the market as Samsung and Apple dominate the landscape.
Even the Motorola Razr, which is reportedly the best-selling clamshell phone to date, underwent a revamp for the 2020s. The iconic metallic flip phone that once slid easily into jean pockets now involves a foldable touchscreen.
But Edwards apparently prefers simplicity to cutting-edge technology, evidenced by the fact that he raved about his flip phone while speaking on his flip phone aboard the team bus.
Flip phone distractions aside, Edwards is having an impressive season as he delivers for the Timberwolves with commanding play-making abilities. During their narrow 100-98 win over the Indiana Pacers, Edwards slapped the ball away from the Pacers to barrel downcourt, pass to Taurean Prince, then reclaim the ball for a slam dunk.
On the night, Edwards had 21 points making seven out of 19 field goals and two of seven three-point attempts — not a great night for shooting, but Edwards’ steal and resulting basket alone made the difference in the game.
If a flip phone can help Edwards channel that late 1990s physicality in the game, then Edwards should pass them out to all of his teammates.