Three-time NBA All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns revealed he had a health scare that had him hospitalized and lost around 17 pounds.
Towns, who was absent the first week of training camp, officially returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves while the team plays in the NBA preseason.
The 26-year-old didn’t reveal many details about the illness but shared that he had been unable to walk for a while.
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At one point, he weighed 231 pounds, less than his listed weight of 248 pounds, due to the illness.
“At that moment there were more drastic things to worry about than basketball,” Towns told The Athletic. “I didn’t worry too much about basketball for a while. But I miss the game, I love the game. I miss these guys.”
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Towns didn’t reveal the timeline related to the illness, but his girlfriend Jordyn Woods shared on social media that she took him to the hospital on September 23.
The New Jersey native described the illness as a “non-COVID illness.”
Towns averaged 24.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game during the 2021-2022 NBA season for the Timberwolves.
After three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Golbert joined Minnesota on a blockbuster offseason deal, Towns proclaimed himself one of the best offensive players in league history
“I think I’m one of the best offensive players and talents the NBA has ever seen. So bringing us together really gives us a whole spectrum of talent to use,” he said.
A healthy Towns must live up to this calculus so that Towns and Golbert’s games complement each other.
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Towns improved his perimeter scoring last season and he’ll likely look to build on that this season.