After all the things that happened in the past, there will always be brotherly love between Karl Anthony-Towns and Joel Embiid.
Following an exciting double overtime combat on Saturday night, where the Minnesota Timberwolves prevailed, via a 141-140 crucial conquest over the Philadelphia 76ers, Karl Anthony-Towns offered his warmest support on the returning Joel Embiid.
Embiid, who finally made his comeback upon missing nine straight games, due to the COVID-19 league protocols, didn’t show any rust in his game, as he led the Sixers on a losing effort with 42 markers, 14 rebounds, 3 dimes and 2 blocks in 45 minutes.
In media availability, Towns, who had 28 markers and 10 boards, expressed his happiness on the fellow All-star center’s success in battle against the deadly disease.
“I’m very happy he’s come to the other side of COVID,” Towns said. “We’ve had our thing for a while but that’s bigger than basketball. It’s bigger than what we have. I’ve seen it kill people. But I’m glad he’s on the other side.”
Towns further detailed that he had conversations with Embiid prior to the marquee matchup.
On the other side of the post-game interview, the Cameroonian center told reporters that he had a bad experience with the virus and he is just thankful to finally suit up a basketball uniform.
“I really thought I wasn’t going to make it,” Embiid said. “It was that bad. So, I’m just thankful to be sitting here. I’m just glad I got over it.”
After the two big men had an on-court altercation in October 2019, things have gone soft and uplifting on both sides.
Initially on March 25, 2020, it was reported that KAT’s beloved mother, Jacqueline, contracted the coronavirus and was hospitalized. As Towns posted a video via Instagram to send the alarming news, Embiid gave his positive thoughts to the Wolves franchise player via Twitter.
And now, as Embiid overcame the health challenge, Towns is giving his very own flowers in return.
There might be times in basketball that things are getting heated. But outside of the four corners of the court, compassion out of human feelings will always prevail amongst the players and other significant figures of the game. Indeed, just like what KAT stated, there will always be more important things away from basketball.