It’s been a heartbreaking year for Karl-Anthony Towns, who lost his mother and several other family members to COVID. The 25-year-old himself tested positive for the virus earlier this month and has missed the Timberwolves’ past six games while quarantining.
Towns shared another troubling revelation during an impromptu Q&A Thursday night on Instagram. When asked how he’s been able to stay strong in the wake of so much tragedy, the former Kentucky Wildcat revealed that he was hospitalized during the offseason after being struck by a drunk driver in Los Angeles. Towns didn’t specify what injuries he suffered, though apparently, they were significant enough to require rehab. The former No. 1 pick also said the accident that hospitalized him took place at two in the afternoon.
“My woman has held me down more than the world knows,” wrote Towns, referring to his girlfriend, Jordyn Woods. “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 offseason 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. My love for her knows no bounds and I would be remiss if I don't acknowledge the power a good woman can have in your life.”
It’s a testament to Towns’ remarkable resiliency that he’s been able to withstand so much in such a short amount of time. The 6’11” center was leading Minnesota in points (22.0), rebounds (12.5) and blocks (2.8) per game before his COVID diagnosis. The T-Wolves have struggled mightily in Towns’ absence, dropping five of six with losses to Golden State (twice), Atlanta (twice) and Orlando during that span.