Karl-Anthony Towns, McKinley Wright added to list of Timberwolves in COVID protocols
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns said recently it was “nerve-wracking” as he watched members of his team and many around the league enter the league’s COVID health and safety protocols.
“It’s definitely a difficult situation, not only for our team, … but for the entire league,” Towns said Sunday.
On Thursday, Towns found himself in the protocols.
Shortly before the Wolves played their game against Utah, they announced Towns and Champlin Park alumnus McKinley Wright became the sixth and seventh players out in COVID protocols. The Wolves have had at least one player enter the protocols before each of their last four games.
The Wolves were down four starters against the Jazz with Patrick Beverley, Jarred Vanderbilt and Anthony Edwards also in the protocols. Reserves Josh Okogie and Taurean Prince have also missed the last few games in the protocols.
The Wolves have three days off after Thursday’s game and they could use it, as more players have joined the protocols before each of their last four games. The good news for the Wolves is that before their next game Monday at home, Edwards and Prince will have served the league-mandated 10 days in quarantine following their first positive test and could return.
Other players are eligible to return after they have been in quarantine 10 days or return two negative PCR tests at least 24 hours apart.
Towns, who said family members — including his mother, Jacqueline — died because of the coronavirus missed 13 games last season after he contracted COVID-19. He said recently he received his booster shot in addition to being vaccinated last season.
Shortly after the Timberwolves issued their pre-game injury report, Towns tweeted that he couldn’t catch a break. He also posted Wednesday to his Instagram a partnership with Cue, the NBA’s official COVID home test.