Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl Anthony-Towns is happy that Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid survives his case of COVID-19. This past Saturday, the Philadelphia 76ers hosted the Timberwolves for the first time. As of late, the 76ers have been shorthanded whether it be opt-outs, injuries, or COVID-19 cases. Embiid missed the last nine games as he dealt with a bad case of COVID-19.
Karl Anthony Towns reflects on Embiid’s return
Thankfully, Embiid was able to make his return. However, his first game back wasn’t as welcoming as he thought it would be. They lost in double overtime to the Timberwolves, 121-120. Towns and Embiid are ideal match ups due to their size and versatility. He often embraces the challenge of playing Embiid and doesn’t shy away from getting physical or being more aggressive.
There’s no secret that these two aren’t each other’s biggest fans. However, they definitely respect each other’s games on the court. In the past, these two have had some intense battles. In 2019, the two began to brawl on the court which ultimately led to a double ejection. This led to social media, where they both decided to insult one another for the world to see.
KAT VS. EMBIID THEY WANT ALL THE SMOKE pic.twitter.com/mUuJXPipUg
— Mill Ave Media (@millavemedia) October 31, 2019
They have set aside their differences as of late; however, Embiid’s journey to the court wasn’t smooth whatsoever. He apparently suffered from severe symptoms that restricted his breathing, also caused migraines and body aches. At one point, he admitted he thought he wasn’t going to “make it,” per source.
“No matter how we have felt about each other at times in the past, I think he is a hell of a player,” Towns continued. “I am happy that the NBA has him back because, as I said, I want to play against the best of the best, and he is one of the best. So, it makes me have to play better, and it gives me a challenge.”
Last night, Karl-Anthony Towns made sure to take a moment to say that he's very happy Joel Embiid recovered from COVID.
KAT explained how this is bigger than basketball as he has seen people die because of COVID, including his mother Jacqueline. pic.twitter.com/nqKlOJ4czZ
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