Minnesota Timberwolves‘ rookie Karl-Anthony Towns was announced as the fifth ever unanimously voted Rookie of the Year on Monday after an outstanding season where he averaged over 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Timberwolves' starting center.
But even through all of the success of his rookie campaign, Towns did not forget who helped him get to where he is. Especially not his late coach Flip Saunders who played an instrumental role in drafting Towns and passed away in October.
“To lose someone that I love tremendously in Flip was very hard,” Towns said. “I took it very hard. But it's one of those things, his vision for us was set in stone. He knew exactly how he wanted us to play every single day and from then on it was about living his vision out every single day. I worked tremendously hard every single day, every single second to live his vision out.”
In honor of his late coach, Towns donated the Kia that he won for his Rookie of the Year award to Minnesota's Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
— NBA (@NBA) May 16, 2016
Classy move from the 20 year old future star.
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