Towns was in hospital with infection, sources say

by Gordon Dixon - Karl-Anthony Towns was hospitalized last week with a throat infection that caused trouble breathing and forced him to be on bed rest for days, sources told ESPN. He told reporters Monday that his weight is down to 231 pounds.

Sources: Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns was on bed rest for days due to throat infection 5:01 PM ET Brian WindhorstESPN Senior Writer Close ESPN.com NBA writer since 2010 Covered Cleveland Cavs for seven years Author of two books Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns was hospitalized last week with a throat infection that caused him trouble breathing and forced him to be on bed rest for days, sources told ESPN. Towns spoke to the media for the first time since the illness Monday and said his weight was down to 231 pounds (he's listed at 248), but he didn't reveal the nature of the non-COVID illness. Towns, who missed all of the Timberwolves' training camp, said he didn't get clearance to walk again until Saturday, when he attended a team event. NBArank 2022 ESPN's countdown of the league's best players returns for its 12th season. See which stars made the cut, which vaulted to the top and which are sliding down the list. • NBArank 1-5: International stars on the rise • NBArank 6-10: How far LeBron and KD fell • NBArank 11-25: L.A. duo and rising Wolves • NBArank 26-100: Russ, Ben and a host of Qs • Debate! LeBron's ranking and top-10 tweaks "I'm still recovering, I'm still getting better," Towns told reporters in Minneapolis before the team left on a 10-day preseason road trip. "There was more drastic things to worry about than basketball (during the illness)." Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said Monday that Towns wouldn't play in Tuesday's preseason opener against the Heat in Miami as he works on ramping up his conditioning. During the offseason, Towns had stem-cell treatments and platelet-rich plasma injections in both knees, his left ankle, his left wrist and his right finger. He also signed a four-year, $224 million contract extension, tying him to the team for the next five seasons. Towns averaged 24.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and shot 41% on 3-pointers last season, when he was named to the All-NBA team. ESPN Reporter Ramona Shelburne contributed to this story