Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns returned after missing 13 games because of COVID-19. Naturally, like most NBA players and someone who has experience the dreaded virus first-hand, he’s against the All-Star Game scheduled to take place in March.
Per Eric Woodyard of ESPN, Towns said he doesn’t believe there’s a need for the All-Star Game with what’s happening around the world. The Timberwolves star also expressed feeling guilty about the fact that he received great COVID-19 treatment as a professional athlete, highlighting that everyone should have access to the same level of care in order to recover from the virus.
KAT on ASG: “I personally don’t believe there should be an All-Star Game.”
Towns says he felt “guilty” of his Covid-19 treatment and the resources he received. Feels the world should be treated in that manner.
— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) February 11, 2021
Karl-Anthony Towns’ thoughts on the All-Star game are pretty much similar to what the likes of LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo feel about it. James even called the league’s decision to push through a “slap in the face,” especially since the Los Angeles Lakers had a short offseason after they made it all the way to the NBA Finals.
The Greek Freak, for his part, claimed that there’s no point in going on with the festivities if there are no fans. Like the Timberwolves big man, Leonard was more blunt, pointing out that money is more important than anything for the NBA.
“It is what it is. We all know why we’re playing it. It’s money on the line. It’s opportunity to make more money. Just putting money over health right now, pretty much,” Leonard said, per Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.
Amid the players’ reactions to the All-Star Game, the league seems to have no intention to postpone their plans. Adam Silver and Co. even plan to hold the Slam Dunk contest during the halftime of the All-Star game.
Whether the NBA listens to the Timberwolves center and other players is a matter of wait-and-see. If the NBA still pushes through, will the likes of LeBron James or Kawhi Leonard suit up? Or will they boycott?