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Karl-Anthony Towns’ beef-ending reaction to Sixers star Joel Embiid’s return from COVID-19

Karl-Anthony Towns, Joel Embiid, Sixers

Karl-Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid have had a long history together. The two star big men have been involved in multiple altercations whenever the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Philadelphia 76ers face off. Today, though, it seems like the beef between these two can be finally laid to rest.

After the Timberwolves narrowly beat the Sixers in overtime, Karl-Anthony Towns was asked about his old rival Joel Embiid’s return from COVID-19. Towns responded with a classy answer that may have ended the animosity between these two stars. (via Brian Hall)

“I’m very happy he’s come to the other side of COVID. We’ve had our thing for a while but that’s bigger than basketball. It’s bigger than what we have. I’ve seen it kill people. But I’m glad he’s on the other side.”

Embiid went into the health and safety protocols after contracting COVID-19. Unfortunately, the Sixers star was symptomatic, and thus was held out for longer than expected. Thankfully, he didn’t suffer any major complications from the disease, and he was able to return in time to stop the Sixers’ skid.

As for Towns, it’s understandable why he’s empathetic of the Sixers star despite their past history. It’s well-known that Towns lost multiple people to COVID-19 during this pandemic, including his own mother. They may have gotten into it many times before, but as Towns noted, this is bigger than basketball.

Thankfully for the basketball world, Embiid seems to have recovered just fine, and then some. Despite the loss, he recorded a monster statline of 42 points and 14 rebounds, nearly dragging the Sixers to a win.