Karl-Anthony Towns was Hospitalized After Health Scare

Karl Anthony-Towns

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns returned to practice on Monday, a day after he had been admitted to the hospital. The reason for the hospitalization was a throat infection that caused him trouble breathing and forced him to be on bed rest.

The three-time all-star spoke to the media for the first time since falling ill and said he had lost 17 pounds. Currently at 231, but listed at 248. He did not reveal the non-Covid illness. Towns missed training camp, and just got clearance to walk again on Saturday.

“I’m still recovering. I’m still getting better,” Towns told reporters in Minneapolis before the team left on a 10-day preseason road trip. “There was more drastic things to worry about than basketball [during the illness].”

Was the weight loss intentional?

Though, some of Towns’ weight loss was intentional as he transitions to power forward. Rudy Gobert will take over at center after the off-season acquisition from the Utah Jazz. He plans to test himself at the current weight before making a decision regarding adding weight back on. Timberwolves Coach Chris Finch said Monday that Towns would not play in Tuesday’s preseason opener against the Miami Heat, as he continues to ramp up his conditioning. For now, he will be limited to non-contact drills at practice.

Karl-Anthony Towns, who signed a four-year, $224 million contract extension. Locking him up for the next five years. He also had stem-cell treatments and platelet-rich plasma injections in both knees, left wrist and right finger.

The 2022 NBA Three-point contest champion expects to be fully ready by the start of the regular season. The Timberwolves’ first game is on Oct. 19 against the Oklahoma City Thunder

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