Karl-Anthony Towns revealed how Giannis Antetokounmpo had reached out to him when things weren’t going well for the 25-year-old center.
Towns lost his mother and six other relatives to the pandemic. He himself contracted the virus which made him sit out, missing 20 games this season. He finally returned in action on 10th February, who now has been desperately helping his team win games.
On Tuesday night, Towns had an impressive 26-point and 11-rebound double-double, in a losing effort against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Giannis-led Bucks recorded an easy 139-112 win over the bleeding Timberwolves, who just fired their head coach a few days back.
After the match, the camaraderie and love between the two was revealed as Towns said:
“Giannis is a friend of mine I like to say. And I appreciate him. I don’t think he gets enough publicly how much of a man he is but I’ll say it for him, even though I know he won’t – I appreciate him and the way he’s reached out to me during my time. We really built a friendship there. So I’m really appreciative of him and the amount of care he’s put into me and my family.”
Karl-Anthony Towns said he was really grateful for Giannis reaching out to him as his family was going through COVID tragedies over the last year. Said they became friends and he’s appreciative of how good a person Giannis is.
— Chris Hine (@ChristopherHine) February 24, 2021
‘I was in his spot four years ago’: Giannis Antetokounmpo opens up on why he supported Towns
A couple of years back, Giannis Antetokounmpo was in a similar position as Towns is in now. The Greek Freek stated that he shared his love and empathy with Towns because he himself was in a difficult phase himself. Giannis added:
“I kind of was in his spot four years ago when my dad passed away. I had the opportunity to talk with him a couple months ago, but I haven’t seen him in a long time. So, I had to go up to him and speak with him, tell him a few words, to represent his mom in the best way and tell him I’m sorry about his loss.”
“But I kind of know how much he hurts. I know how hard it is to lose somebody that you love and then you gotta go and still do your job. It’s extremely hard.”
Despite the hardships that Towns had gone through, he now looks to find some stability on the court. The 6-foot-11 has been averaging 22.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists on the struggling Minnesota team.