Minnesota Timberwolwes star Karl-Anthony Towns returned to the court on Wednesday night for the first time since his bout with COVID-19. Towns, who tested positive for the coronavirus in mid-January, revealed that his battle with the virus wasn't easy and that he went through some ''scary'' nights.
Prior to the NBA season, Towns spoke about losing family members due to COVID-19 complications. Towns lost his mother early in the pandemic and he has been having hard time dealing with his mother's death. "I am a high-risk case," Towns said of his experience with the coronavirus, per ESPN.
"COVID did not treat me well whatsoever. A lot of scary nights. One of the things that I told my sister when I got COVID was that, 'Hey, I got it, and I don't got a good version of it. I got a lot of COVID in me, but I am going to fight and beat it.'
Towns' vitals weren't good
In his first game back to the court, Towns had a double-double as he posted 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 119-112 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. "Through all the long nights where I was just not feeling well whatsoever and the vitals weren't good and decisions had to be made on my health,'' Towns said.
''I kept [my family and my niece and nephew] in mind. They pushed me to continue doing things. When COVID kept messing with my body, my mind and spirit, I thought about them and my mother." Many athletes recovered from the coronavirus without even feeling a single symptom of the virus.
"You hear those stories where people get COVID," Towns said. "And they're like, oh for four days, five days, I didn't feel well and then I turned the corner magically one day and I was feeling great.
That did not happen with me." After testing positive, Towns thought about all the coronavirus-related deaths in his family. "Everyone's case of COVID is totally different, every human and their underlying conditions are totally different.
And my underlying conditions did not play in my favor at all for COVID, yet alone one of the most scariest parts for all of us in this organization and my immediate family is how genetically connected I am to my mother. ... Nothing was playing in my favor. I knew it was going to be a rough journey,'' Towns said.