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Karl-Anthony Towns Considered Indefinite Leave of Absence

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Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns went through a lot over the past year and a half, dealing with the deaths of his mother, his uncle, and a number of other family members during the COVID-19 pandemic, and even tested positive himself last season.

During that ordeal, Towns reportedly considered taking an indefinite leave of absence from basketball, according to Sports Illustrated’s Michael Pina.

Per the report: “There were days when being around teammates carried him. Basketball felt like it could provide a blip of relief. There were others when he thought about stepping away and giving himself space to mourn. “[My mother] made basketball fun for me my whole entire life,” Towns says. “She made it where I wanted to even do this. So for me, I was like, [There’s] too much on my mind. I’m not, I can’t, nah, I can’t.””

Towns ultimately returned to the team last season and seems primed for an improved 2021-2022 season.

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.

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