Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns in NBA COVID-19 Protocol

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Towns, along with six other players on the Timberwolves roster, was placed on the health and safety protocols. 

Karl-Anthony Towns has experienced a lifetime of trauma due to COVID-19. 

The 26-year-old, in addition to six other players on the Timberwolves roster, was placed on the NBA’s health and safety protocols. 

Towns immediately went to Twitter after finding out the news. 

This is not the first time Towns contracted the virus. 

He tested positive for COVID-19 in January of last season, missing 13 games. 

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“I am a high-risk case,” Towns said of his COVID-19 experience after returning. “COVID did not treat me well whatsoever. A lot of scary nights.” 

Towns’ mother, Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, died last year from complications due to COVID-19. Towns said he had six other family members who died from complications from the virus. 

Towns also spoke in support of Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, who detailed his battle after contracting COVID in November. 

“It hasn’t been good. That jawn hit me hard,” Embiid said. “I really thought I wasn’t going to make it. It was that bad. So I’m just thankful to be sitting here. I struggled with it, but I’m just glad that I got over it and I’m here doing what I love with some good people.” 

Towns didn’t care about the history between him and Embiid. His words were sincere about Embiid’s bout. 

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“I told Embiid on the court as well, I am very happy that he’s come to the other side with COVID, because we have had our thing for a while, but that’s bigger than basketball, that’s bigger than what we have,” said Towns. “I’ve seen it kill people and I’m glad that he is on the other side. I am very, very happy that he’s doing well and he’s coming out on the other side and that he is healthy and he is getting himself back into basketball.” 

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