Despite his team seemingly crumbling around him, Karl-Anthony Towns is holding the line.
After a loss to the New York Knicks over the weekend, the Minnesota Timberwolves star reaffirmed his long-term commitment to the team.
“If you want to build a legacy, we gotta win. I want to build my legacy here,” said Towns, per Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “I want to win with the Wolves. I’m gonna do everything I possibly can to step-by-step, brick-by-brick build something, a culture here that’s gonna stand for a long time.”
The Wolves are now an NBA-worst 7-24. They just fired head coach Ryan Saunders and replaced him with Toronto Raptors assistant coach Chris Finch. Former All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell is also out multiple weeks with a knee injury, so the bumpiest part of the ride may still be to come.
Towns is the longest-tenured Wolves player and the undisputed pillar of the franchise. He is also under contract through 2024. Not a lot is going right for the team at the moment. But the continued faith of their franchise player, who is himself enduring a lot right now, is a good consolation.
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns is back after his bout with COVID-19, but the virus is still having an impact on him mentally.
Shortly before tipoff of the Timberwolves’ game against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday, the Hornets scratched P.J. Washington due to health and safety protocols. The scratch came when the Timberwolves were warming up, and Towns admitted that he was left shaken by it.
Towns added that a halftime talk with his father helped calm him down.
Towns’ reaction is understandable when you consider what the virus has done to his loved ones in the last year. In addition, Friday’s game was only the second one back for Towns after his own bout with COVID-19.
The star center was able to recover enough mentally to post 25 points and eight rebounds in a 120-114 loss.
The last year has been life-changing for Towns, often in a negative way. It’s easy to see how he can lose focus on basketball at times given all the external circumstances going on around him.
The past year has been a rough one for Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns. His mother and several other family members died after contracting COVID-19, and apparently he was also the victim in a drunk driving accident.
Towns answered some questions for his followers on Instagram Thursday night. One fan asked how he has been able to overcome so much adversity recently. Towns talked about the importance of having a support system and thanked his girlfriend, Jordyn Woods, for helping him through several tough situations. Some of those, like Towns’ mother’s death, we already knew about. But he also mentioned being hospitalized during the offseason after he was hit by a drunk driver.
“My woman has held me down more than the world knows,” Towns wrote, via TMZ. “From my mother and family members dying (1 on her bday in Cabo), getting hit by a drunk driver (was 2pm in the afternoon FYI) in LA this off-season and staying with me in the hospital for the night and helping me in rehab, to this stint with COVID she has been there with me every step of the way and stayed ten toes down.”
Towns did not share any details other than that. It’s unclear if he was walking or driving in his own car when he was hit, but it sounds like his injuries were at least somewhat serious.
The accident would not be the first serious one Towns has been involved in. He also suffered a concussion during the 2018-19 season following a frightening crash, and the details (read them here) made it seem as though he was lucky to be alive.
Towns tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month and has been out since. He dealt with a wrist injury prior to that and has played in just four games this season.
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns has tested positive for COVID-19, and he announced it in an emotional message Friday.
Towns’ family has been ravaged by the virus, as seven members of his family have died from it, including his mother. Towns’ message alludes to that, even concluding with a promise to his niece and nephew that “I will not end up in a box next to grandma.”
Parts of the announcement are legitimately tough to read in light of what Towns and his family have endured as a result of the virus. It’s especially tough when you take into account some of what he’s said recently about how the ordeals of the last year have changed him.
Friday’s scheduled game between the Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies was postponed in part because of the ongoing contact tracing within the Minnesota organization.
Karl-Anthony Towns delivered a heartbreaking answer after his Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Detroit Pistons 111-101 to win their season opener on Wednesday night.
Towns was asked to compare his Timberwolves’ game-to-game mindset this season compared to other years. The answer led Towns to talk about how different of a person he is since he suffered so many losses in his family.
Towns’ mother died from COVID-19. She is one of seven of his family members he says have died from COVID. Towns says he views his life completely differently now and that he is an entirely different person.
April 13 is the day that Towns’ mother died. She was 58 and extremely close with her son as this video showed.
It’s awful hearing of something like what Towns is going through. Despite it all, he somehow is able to continue playing well.
An emotional Karl-Anthony Towns did not walk out for pregame introductions on Saturday as he appeared to reflect upon all the tragedy that he has dealt with this year.
The Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday hosted the Memphis Grizzlies for their first preseason game of the upcoming season. During intros, Towns was shown sitting on the bench, with his head in his hands.
Towns’ mother died from COVID-19. He recently shared that seven of his family members died from COVID-19.
Though he did not come out for the introductions, Towns played in the game. The 2015 No. 1 pick is entering his sixth NBA season.
Few people in the sports world have experienced more tragedy from the COVID-19 pandemic than Karl-Anthony Towns.
Towns’ mother died in April at the age of 58 after battling COVID-19. She had been placed in a medically-induced coma in March and was on a ventilator before dying a few weeks later.
Towns’ father also had COVID-19 but has recovered. However, other family members for Towns haven’t been so lucky. Towns says his uncle died recently. He said on Friday that seven family members in total have died from complications due to COVID-19.
“I’ve seen a lot of coffins in the last seven months,” Towns said on Friday. “I have a lot of people who have — in my family and my mom’s family — gotten COVID. I’m the one looking for answers still, trying to find how to keep them healthy. It’s just a lot of responsibility on me to keep my family well-informed and to make all the moves necessary to keep them alive.”
That is nothing short of awful. Towns says the tragedies have hardened him. He just turned 25 and has already experienced the kind of loss nobody should have to go through.
Luckily Towns has the support of his friends and basketball family to help him get through the difficult time.
Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, the mother of Karl-Anthony Towns, died due to complications related to the coronavirus, her family announced on Monday.
Karl-Anthony, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft by the Timberwolves, disclosed last month that both of his parents had tested positive for the virus. He said at the time that his mother’s condition was not doing well and that she was on a ventilator.
She ended up dying at the age of 58.
Karl-Anthony and Jackie were said to be very close. This video of Towns announcing his decision to play college ball at Kentucky shows what their relationship was like.
Seeing them in that moment personalizes the news and makes even more of an impact.
Our thoughts are with the Towns family.
The NBA community has felt the impact of the coronavirus from the moment Rudy Gobert tested positive, and unfortunately the disease has permanently changed the life of Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns.
The Timberwolves announced on Monday that Towns’ mother, Jacqueline, has died from complications that were the result of her contracting COVID-19.
Towns shared an emotional video on Instagram three weeks ago in which he revealed that his mother had been placed into a medically induced coma after testing positive for the coronavirus. He said he thought she had been getting better at one point before she took a turn for the worse and needed to be placed on a ventilator. Towns said at the time that both of his parents were not feeling well, but his father was released by doctors and told to self-quarantine.
Several NBA players have tested positive for the coronavirus, but fortunately none have had major complications. Our thoughts are with Towns and his family during this incredibly difficult time.
Karl-Anthony Towns shared an emotional video on social media Tuesday night in which he revealed that his mother is in dire condition due to the coronavirus.
Towns says his mother is in a medically-induced coma after dealing with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. He said he was sharing the story to educate people about the severity of the situation so that they practice social distancing to avoid spreading and contracting the virus.
In his Instagram video, Towns says he was told early last week that his parents were not feeling well, so he advised them to get medical attention. When there wasn’t improvement, he advised his mom to go to the hospital. Towns says his mother’s fever was high and not improving, and her cough and lungs were getting worse. His dad was released and put into quarantine.
Towns says they thought his mother was improving, but then things went sideways quickly and her lungs got worse. She was put on a ventilator and has been in a medically-induced coma since he says.
“Sharing my story in the hopes that everyone stays at home! We need more equipment and we need to help those medical personnel on the front lines. Thank you to the medical staff who are helping my mom. You are all the true heroes! Praying for all of us at this difficult time,” Towns wrote in his Instagram message.
Towns, 24, plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves and went to Kentucky for college, though he is from New Jersey. His mother Jacqueline is Dominican, which has led Towns to play for the Dominican Republic’s national basketball team.
Below is Towns’ video: