Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns was on bed rest for days due to throat infection

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns was hospitalized last week with a sore throat that caused him trouble breathing and forced him to remain on bed rest for days, sources told ESPN.

Speaking to the media on Monday for the first time since his illness, Towns said his weight had dropped to 231 pounds (he is listed at 248) but he did not reveal the nature of the non-COVID-19 illness.

Towns, who missed all of the Timberwolves’ training camp, said he was only allowed to run on Saturday when he attended a team event.

“I’m still recovering. I’m getting better and better,” Towns told reporters in Minneapolis before the team embarked on a 10-day preseason road trip. “There were more drastic things to worry about than basketball [during the illness].”

Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said Monday Towns would not play in Tuesday’s preseason opener against the Heat in Miami as he works to improve his stamina. During the off-season, Towns had stem cell treatments and platelet-rich plasma injections in both knees, his left ankle, left wrist and right finger. He also signed a four-year, $224 million contract extension that ties 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

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