Karl-Anthony Towns returned to Timberwolves practice Monday looking far leaner than the version of the 7-foot center fans remember walking off the court at the conclusion of last year’s playoff series in Memphis. As of Monday, Towns said he weighed 231 pounds — about 20 pounds below where he was last season.
There are a couple reasons for that. Towns certainly has worked to trim down this offseason as part of his transition to the power forward spot, where he’ll start alongside Rudy Gobert. No longer does Towns have to go blow for blow with opposing bigs in the paint on a nightly basis.
But plenty of Towns’ weight loss was unexpected and, likely, unwanted. It stems from the illness Towns battled for the past week-plus that kept him out of training camp and, more importantly, briefly put the Timberwolves star in the hospital. It was the latest form of major adversity Towns had thrown his way.
“I don’t know, for me it’s just life. I just treat it like that,” Towns said at a low volume, noting the soft speak was the most his voice would allow. “Shout out to the people, I don’t want to get into the specifics of it, but people know who they are. Shout out to those people in the hospital, doing an amazing job getting me back healthy, treating me so well. Just happy to be back on the court. Happy to get…