>Karl-Anthony Towns: "Getting COVID stopped everything...I am a high-risk case. COVID did not treat me well whatsoever. A lot of scary nights." He told his sister he got a bad version of COVID and had "a lot of it in me..A lot of long nights and the vitals weren't good (at times)"
>Karl-Anthony Towns on overcoming COVID with all he and his family have endured: "I was just smiling on the court. I am so proud of myself just getting to this point... things got very serious. You get to a point where you just don't feel like you will ever see that court again"
>KAT: "I feel very guilty about the treatment I got [that] I [wish was] more widely available to anyone in the world. I feel very guilty... there is such mental strain through all this time. A feeling of guilt because of the resources I have. I wish I could (share) the resources."
>KAT: "Everyone is different. My underlying conditions did not play in my favor with COVID... I am the most genetically close to my mother...nothing was playing in my favor.. mental health is very real. I have dealt with it my whole life and my mother always knew how to heal me."
>Towns: "I don't personally do not believe there should be an All-Star game."
>Went on to deadpan: "But what do I know? What experience have I had with COVID?"
>KAT said his niece and nephew started crying when he tested positive 4 COVID
>I said, 'Jolani, Max, why are you crying? Don't cry. Uncle is going to be fine. Don't worry about it.' ...I remember one of the first things they told me was, 'That's what grandma said, aka, my mom.'"
Tweet >Karl-Anthony Towns: "People complain about wearing a mask and these frontline workers are in with people dying and you can't wear one? Stop it."
Many NBA players have voiced out their opinion on how it does not make sense to hold an actual all star game. Towns, for whom this virus has caused a lot of personal loss, has echoed this sentiment.
Adam Silver and the NBA should rethink the idea of having an actual All Star game.
Anthony Slater: The Warriors have a 12-12 record. They've scored 2,734 points and given up 2,732 points. They haven't won or lost more than two in a row. They are about as .500 as an average team can get right now. https://twitter.com/anthonyvslater/status/1358988885204766721?s=21
Ant had a slow start (which can be expected considering, well everything) but has seen his role increase and looks like he’s starting to put it together.
Between LaMelo, Hali, Ant, Wiseman, Quickley, etc etc this draft class has already exceeded its low and probably unfair expectations IMO.
Other things to note:
Edit: this is a good vibes only post. We’re lifting the whole rookie class up 😎
Future NBA All Star Malik Beasley in his last 10 games: 23.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.6 apg, 0.1 blk, 0.9 stl on 32.4mpg | 47 FG%, 41.2 3P% (on 8+ attempts per game), 76.9 FT%
UPDATE FROM KAT HIMSELF (UH-OH): "This is news to me! Last time I checked, I was gonna go through shootaround and see how I feel. Underlying conditions and Covid don’t mix well."
UPDATE 2: Karl-Anthony Towns (health protocols) will start Wednesday.
>“I know other guys around me, it killed them every day,” Ingram said on the Old Man and the Three podcast. “When you wake up and you see your name on Twitter, and the guys around me, they love Twitter. They love searching, putting in their names.”
As fans of the game, there stands an invisible wall between the gladiator and the crowd that prevents real tangible access to what these humans may need to overcome on a daily basis. How could we identify with something we have not experienced? We can speculate and consume information from any number of sources that dictate our opinions, such as the following conversation shared between Richard Jefferson and LeBron James that gave an interesting perspective.
“I watched him in New Orleans,” LeBron told Richard Jefferson on Road Trippin. “He would get these nagging injuries and be out multiple games. He would get the shoulder or the ankle and he would sit out. This year, no matter what injury he had, his ass came back on the floor.”
I’d imagine LeBron in hindsight would have crafted his words a bit more carefully. Given his delivery, it seems as if he is suggesting that Davis did not give his all to the city of New Orleans and instead withheld his best efforts. There were a few hints of this, including an interaction shared between he and DeMarcus Cousins in 2018.
Clearly said a jest, but taking a conversation such as this one with Caron Butler and twisting it is a natural reaction given the events of the past 18 months.
“I know Anthony was a little self-conscious at one point because of his injuries,” McMillan said. “Fingers, shoulders, it just always seemed to be something.”