Minnesota Timberwolves star big man Karl-Anthony Towns has missed each of the past 13 games after contracting COVID-19. For Towns and other athletes in the height of their careers, this has proven to be a serious issue.
That’s magnified by the fact that Towns lost his mother and several other family members to the virus last year. It has impacted him on a personal level more than pretty much any other NBA player.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Towns would return to action for Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers. The All-Star was having none of it.
Karl-Anthony Towns pushes back against report he’s returning from COVID-19
“This is news to me! Last time I checked, I was gonna go through shootaround and see how I feel. Underlying conditions and Covid don’t mix well,” Towns wrote in response to the report, via his Twitter account.
As he noted in his tweet, Towns has underlying conditions. It makes him more vulnerable to serious illness from the COVID-19 virus. He has obviously also had symptoms since first testing positive in mid-January.
“He’s (Karl-Anthony Towns) really been able to push himself,” Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said earlier in the week. “Our medical group has been able to try to simulate certain stints during a game, the stopping and going, what that might feel like with his lungs.”
On the court, Minnesota finds itself tied with the Detroit Pistons for the worst record in the NBA at 6-18. Karl-Anthony Towns has suited up for all of four games this season with the Timberwolves posting a 2-2 record. The Wolves have lost 16 of the 20 games Towns has been sidelined. Remember, he missed time earlier in the campaign with an injury.
Even then, you can’t rush someone back from an illness like this. There’s more important things than a game. Towns has obviously found that out first-hand in his personal life over the past calendar year.
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