‘Celebrity Wheel of Fortune’: Watch Pat Sajak Crack Jokes With NBA’s Karl Anthony Towns

by Suzanne Halliburton

Celebrity Wheel of Fortune is busy hyping its guests for Sunday’s show. And in introducing basketball star Karl-Anthony Towns, host Pat Sajak came up with a nickname.

Since the show is all about letters, pay attention to what Sajak did in this promo clip posted by the Celebrity Wheel of Fortune Twitter account. Hint, there’s no need to buy a vowel.

Sajak introduces the 6-foot-11 Minnesota Timberwolf:

“Karl-Anthony Towns. Kat,” Sajak said, adding this quip “You can call me Pat.” So Kat, Pat, drat was that a bad play on words?

Towns is joining Anthony Anderson and Marcia Cross as contestants on Sunday’s Celebrity Wheel of Fortune. As as per routine, Sajak introduced the contestants by quizzing them on their background.

Sajak asked what year Towns won NBA rookie of the year honors.

“That was a long time ago, 2015, 2016,” Towns answered. Then Sajak added “and now you’re a grizzled veteran, it happens fast.” (For background, Towns was the top pick of the 2015 NBA draft. He definitely played up to his draft status in the 2015-16 season.)

Sajak then asked Towns “what do you think of yourself,” as he mentioned that the basketball star could play both forward and center,

“Just versatile, do whatever the team asks you to be,” Towns said. Then Sajak added, “it’s the best way to be, (absolutely Towns says ) “probably in any walk of life.”

But is he versatile enough to play Celebrity Wheel of Fortune? We shall see.

The Celebrity Wheel of Fortune social media accounts introduced Towns earlier in the week. “He’s stepping off the NBA courts,” the tweet said, “to stand up for justice in the court of law.”

The account also tweeted: Karl-Anthony Towns can shoot and score. But can he spin and solve?”

Each of the celebrity contestants plays for their favorite charity. Towns is trying to win money for the Vera Institute of Justice. The institute lists its duties by saying “we’re fighting every day to secure equal justice for all, end mass incarceration, and strengthen families and communities.” Towns, or KAT, won the November  NBA Cares Community Assist Award for his work with homeless kids.

As we mentioned earlier, two stars from classic ABC shows will be competing against Towns. Anthony Anderson stars in Black-ish, the ground-breaking sitcom that’s ending its run this season. Anderson currently is in production with the reboot of Law & Order. That show premieres on Feb. 24 for its 21st season, but the first in 12 years. Anderson reprises his role as Detective Kevin Bernard.

Cross starred as uptight Bree Van de Kamp on Desperate Housewives, which ran from 2004-2012. She also had a recurring role on Quantico, playing U.S. President Claire Haas.