Karl-Anthony Towns urges everyone to follow COVID-19 protocol after being diagnosed with ‘nightmare’ virus

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Karl-Anthony Towns‘ tragic experience with the coronavirus has taken another nasty turn, as the Minnesota Timberwolves star has tested positive for COVID-19 himself. He sent out the following message ahead of Timberwolves’ home game vs. the Memphis Grizzlies that has been postponed.

“Prior to tonight’s game, I received yet another awful call that I tested positive for COVID. I will immediately isolate and follow every protocol. I pray every day that this nightmare of a virus will subside and I beg everyone to continue to take it seriously by taking all of the necessary precautions. We cannot stop the spread of this virus alone, it must be a group effort by all of us.”

“It breaks my heart that my family, and particularly my father and sister continue to suffer from the anxiety that comes along with this diagnosis as we know all too well what the end result could be. To my niece and nephew, Jolene and Max, I promise you I will not end up in a box next to grandma and I will beat this.”

https://twitter.com/KarlTowns/status/1350223070376595460

Karl-Anthony Towns’ final part of his statement leaves a sobering image

Towns lost his mother to the virus over the summer. The former No. 1 overall pick out of Kentucky is not the same person prior to the horrible tragedy. For him to contract the virus, in the middle of his athletic prime, is all the evidence you need to fully understand how contagious this virus is. If a guy like Towns in peak physical condition can contract the coronavirus, anybody can, even you.

Minnesota will tentatively be back on the court on MLK Day to take on the Atlanta Hawks. Games have been postponed left and right during the early part of the 2020-21 NBA season, with most of the incidents stemming from teams who have played the Washington Wizards or teams who have played Washington. Either way, this is what basketball life is now like outside of the bubble.

Here is to Towns and the rest of the NBA players effected to a speedy and healthy recovery.