Timberwolves star out of concussion protocol, set to return

Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bob Donnan  USA TODAY Sports

Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bob Donnan USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns involved in a vehicle accident on his way to the airport on Thursday. He missed each of the next two games while clearing the concussion protocol.

"It could have been much worse", Towns said.

Karl-Anthony Towns was in the passenger seat on his way to meet the Minnesota Timberwolves at the airport when a semitruck slammed into the back of the vehicle at what he estimated was between 35 and 45 miles per hour.

Around 1:30 p.m. on February 21st, the State Patrol responded to a minor injury crash SB I-35W at 38th street in the city of Minneapolis. It halted at 303 games.

The details about what happened were sparse, outside of the fact that Towns was in an accident on the way to the airport, was able to fly commercial to NY, and was held out while he was in the NBA's concussion protocol.

"I would say I had a 5 percent chance of making it out alive", Towns declared before returning to action Monday for a home game against the Kings. Regardless of what was going to happen I wanted to be there for my teammates. They were on the way to the airport for the flight to NY for Friday's game against the Knicks.

Towns declined an ambulance at the scene, but was told by first responders he needed to be evaluated at the hospital. "Being able to do what I'm doing is a blessing", Towns said. "That's definitely put ahead of KAT the basketball player", Saunders said.

KAT says he physically couldn't call his parents after the crash.

"I'm not a guy to stay back to watch them work". I want to high-five them coming off the court, I want to scream for them. "It's all fun and games, it's all good to make jokes when no one gets hurt", Towns said.

Like everyone, the Timberwolves are relieved and thankful Towns is safe and sound.

Towns, 23, is averaging 23.1 points and 12.0 rebounds this season.

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