Video: Karl-Anthony Towns shares clip of boxing workout
Per NBA on ESPN, peep Towns putting in some drills with the gloves and the mitts. Does the 23-year-old center have a future in the squared circle?
KAT putting in work 🥊
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 12, 2019
Towns was simply adding a new workout to his routine. Apart from the usual basketball and gym workouts, NBA players try to introduce something new to their regimen to keep it fresh and interesting.
Basketball players don’t box because they’re preparing for that one night when tempers suddenly flare. Just like basketball, boxing needs strength, speed, a high-level of alertness, among other things. A few drills on the mitts will develop such skills and hopefully, it will translate into the court as well.
Towns is looking to enter into NBA elite status next season. In his 2018-2019 campaign, he posted yet another impressive stat line of 24.4 points per game, 12.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists (a career-best), and 1.6 blocks. He also shot 51.8 percent from the field and 40 percent from downtown.
But his stellar individual performance didn’t necessarily translate to wins. They finished 11th in the West with a 36-46 record. And to be considered one of the elites in the NBA, a player needs to win. And Towns seems intent on achieving that milestone in the 2019-2020 season.