Karl-Anthony Towns’ reaction to tumultuous season shows he’s near breaking point
The Timberwolves are the worst team in the NBA and losers of nine straight after Wednesday’s blowout loss at the hands of the Charlotte Hornets.
Towns was asked after the game about his level of patience amid the team’s struggles. His answer speaks volumes about his frustration:
“Thank god for the break. That’s all I’ll say,” Timberwolves big Karl-Anthony Towns said, via Derek James of A Wolf Among Wolves.
It has been a trying 12 months for KAT, to be sure.
The two-time All-Star lost his mother, Jacqueline Cruz, in April due to complications from COVID-19. Towns later revealed six other family members had died from COVID.
Towns suffered tremendous loss in 2020. He also dealt with his own hardships.
The former No. 1 overall Timberwolves pick said he was hit by a drunk driver prior to the start of the 2020-21 NBA season. Towns suffered a dislocated wrist early in the season, then tested positive for COVID the following month.
Of course, things have been tough when Towns have been on the floor. The 25-year-old is having another strong season, averaging 22.0 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists through 16 games. He is shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc on 5.0 attempts per game, and is matching his career-high with 1.7 blocks per contest.
But Towns’ excellence has not translated to winning. The T-wolves are still without D’Angelo Russell. Fellow guard Malik Beasley just began a 12-game suspension. The rest of the roster–outside of Ricky Rubio and Ed Davis–is quite young.
Towns has expressed interest in “building a legacy” with the Timberwolves. But his patience seems to be wearing thin.