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.
KAT says he was "mentally not there" in first half and was "spooked" by COVID situation in Charlotte
Context: Wolves were warming up when they found out Charlotte had a late scratch with PJ Washington because of COVID. Towns said he was worried for his teammates. Didn't want them to go through what he went through.
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.
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.
You can see the emotions from Karl-Anthony Towns who didn't walk out like usual in the pregame introduction. Towns lost his mom earlier this year due to complications of COVID-19 & spoke recently of how tough it'll be to be play knowing she's not there to watch him #Timberwolvespic.twitter.com/KlpTO0WvN6
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.
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.
Karl-Anthony Towns will be out at least two more weeks due to a wrist fracture, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced on Friday.
Towns injured his wrist in January and underwent an MRI earlier this month. He missed one game before the All-Star break and will not be playing on Friday night when Minnesota plays its first game since the break.
After sustaining a left wrist injury, Towns received a period of treatment and monitoring from the Wolves medical staff. Continued evaluation of the injury confirmed a wrist fracture. While Towns has been diligent in treatment with a goal of return to play, he has been assessed by multiple specialists over the last several days and the team continues to gather information on the optimal management strategies.