As are the Timberwolves, of course, and his family. “You obviously want to make sure KAT the person is taken care of,” coach Ryan Saunders said, confirming that Towns would play against the Kings. “That’s definitely put ahead of KAT the basketball player.” Assistant strength and conditioning coach Kurt Joseph was driving Thursday when he had to make a hard stop on Interstate 35W in Minneapolis to account for an accident in front of them. Towns said he recalled Joseph looking “stone-faced” while remarking that the semitruck he saw in the rearview mirror was not slowing down. “If I don’t have that seatbelt,” Towns told reporters, “I’m going right through the windshield.” Towns declined an ambulance ride at the scene. He acknowledged downplaying the doctor’s advice upon departure from the hospital to take it easy, immediately contacting the Timberwolves about a commercial itinerary that could get him to New York in time to play Friday against the Knicks. Towns called his sister with the news, opting to send his parents a text message to avoid exposure to their anxiety about his condition.
Karl-Anthony Towns, saying he had a ‘5 percent chance’ to survive, rejoins Timberwolves and goes for 34, 21 and 5 pic.twitter.com/TgNqLZgaxp— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) February 26, 2019