Insider Reveals More Details On Towns' Mystery Illness

We reported yesterday on the mystery illness that caused Karl-Anthony Towns to be hospitalized and miss the first week of training camp. He returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves camp on Monday but wouldn't reveal much, except that his weight was down close to 20 pounds from his non-Covid illness.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst has revealed that Towns had a severe throat infection that caused him to have trouble breathing and forced him to be laid up, off his feet for days.

 The 6'11" center will need time to get his strength back as his weight dropped from 248 pounds to 231 while on best rest in the hospital. He didn't even have clearance to walk until Saturday. But he's definitely on the mend now and should be ready for opening night in two weeks.

“Shoutout to those people in the hospital, doing an amazing job getting me back healthy,” Towns said. “Treating me so well. Just happy to be back on the court. … I’m still recovering. I’m still getting better. There was more drastic things to worry about than basketball [during the illness].”

The 26-year-old three-time All-Star in anxious to get back into action, as he sees big things for the T-Wolves this season. 

“I expect a lot of winning, for sure,” Towns said. “I want to win. I’m not up here just blowing smoke. I really want to try to bring a championship right here to Minnesota."

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