MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns was driving in a automotive on his solution to meet the Minnesota Timberwolves on the airport on Thursday when a semi truck slammed into the again of the automobile at what he estimated was between 35 and 45 miles per hour.
As quickly as a medical examination confirmed the accidents have been minor, Towns, a two-time All-Star middle, rapidly started interested by whether or not he might nonetheless be a part of his group in time for the following recreation. He knew he was lucky, although, to have escaped the crash in any respect.
“I’d say I had a 5 percent chance of making it out alive,” Towns stated Monday, earlier than his return to the Timberwolves for his or her recreation in opposition to the Sacramento Kings. He added: “I probably should not have made it out like I did, but I’m glad I did.”
As are the Timberwolves, and his household.
“You obviously want to make sure KAT the person is taken care of,” Coach Ryan Saunders stated, utilizing Towns’ nickname. “That’s definitely put ahead of KAT the basketball player.”
Kurt Joseph, an assistant energy and conditioning coach for Minnesota, was driving the automotive with Towns on Thursday when he needed to make a tough cease on Interstate 35W in Minneapolis as a result of of an accident in entrance of them. Towns stated he recalled Joseph trying “stone-faced” as he remarked that the truck he noticed within the rearview mirror was not slowing down.
“If I don’t have that seatbelt,” Towns advised reporters, “I’m going right through the windshield.”
Towns declined an ambulance trip on the scene. He acknowledged having performed down the physician’s recommendation upon his departure from the hospital to take it simple — he instantly contacted the Timberwolves a few industrial itinerary that might get him to New York in time to play Friday in opposition to the Knicks. Towns referred to as his sister with the information, however opted to ship his dad and mom a textual content message.
Towns exhibited some concussion-like signs, so, per league protocol, he was held out of that recreation and once more Saturday at Milwaukee. That ended his streak of 303 consecutive video games began, the longest to begin an N.B.A. profession since 1970-71.
Being current on the area was in the end extra necessary to Towns than resting on his personal.
“I’m not a guy to stay back to watch them work,” he stated. “I want to be there in person. I want to high-five them coming off the court. I want to scream for them. I want to do everything I possibly can to be the best cheerleader I can possibly be.”