NBA Rumor: Karl-Anthony Towns Injury

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As Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns was debating playing Saturday night, he said, he had some tough talks with his father and girlfriend about whether he should take the floor when his injured left wrist isn’t fully healed. He said both of them told him no. But as the game neared Towns changed his mind. “I just put my jersey on and said it’s time to go play,” Towns said. “Obviously it wasn’t the best decision for my personal health at all.”

Towns said he was told the injury could cost him six to eight weeks of time, but he made it back on the floor in two. Watching the Wolves lose six straight without him contributed to the speed of his return. “It wasn’t acceptable,” Towns said. “I tried to rush as hard as I could to get back and be here with this team. Even if it required playing with one hand, wearing a cast, I was going to do what I gotta do to play.” That meant constant rehab, with Towns displaying on his social media some of the machines to which his wrist was attached while sitting at home. “The last two weeks have just been constant rehab every single moment,” Towns said. “As soon as I wake up I’m rehabbing until I sleep.”

When the Wolves announced Towns would be out indefinitely because of a dislocated wrist, they announced he would be re-evaluated on a weekly basis. Sunday marked a week since that announcement. Saunders wasn’t sure what day that evaluation would take place but said it would be “early this week.” “I know we’re on about a week from when we kind of found all this out, but I don’t have an exact date on when that evaluation would be,” Saunders said. “It would be early this week though, staying in that weekly update.”

The Wolves have declined to give updates on Towns’ status out of respect for the personal pain Towns was going through when his mother Jacqueline died of COVID-19 in April. On Wednesday, the Wolves held a virtual media availability to discuss their season ending and how the organizaiton has responded to the death of George Floyd. On the call, President Gersson Rosas again declined to give specifics on Towns’ wrist, but said the organization feels “positive” about how Towns’ wrist is progressing.

The Wolves have declined to give updates on Towns’ status out of respect for the personal pain Towns was going through when his mother Jacqueline died of COVID-19 in April. On Wednesday, the Wolves held a virtual media availability to discuss their season ending and how the organizaiton has responded to the death of George Floyd. On the call, President Gersson Rosas again declined to give specifics on Towns’ wrist, but said the organization feels “positive” about how Towns’ wrist is progressing.

KAT wants to return this season

The translation: The Wolves don’t plan to let their place in the standings dictate their decision with Towns. League sources told The Athletic that Towns desperately wants to return to the court this season to play with Russell, Malik Beasley and the rest of a completely revamped Wolves roster. He and Russell have been talking for years about playing together, and watching Gersson Rosas engineer the trades just before the deadline energized him for the stretch run. But Towns has only played one game with Russell, and now will be watching from the bench for his second extended stretch this season.

“Karl has done everything to play through any type of pain and he’s put the team first,” Saunders said. “You can’t say enough positive things about the way he’s done that. We want to make sure we take care of his body then, too. So over these next couple of weeks at least, it’s one of these things where other guys will have to step into larger roles and then you see if they can handle a heavier load. When Karl is in the mix, then you can see how all those guys fit with it.”
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