Former Kentucky Wildcats star Karl-Anthony Towns was in a car accident last week that resulted in his first missed game of his NBA career.
That is a pretty impressive streak, actually, considering he is on the back end of his fourth season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
However, missing games was the least of Towns’ worries given the potential severity of the accident. He told the reporters on Monday that he feels lucky to be alive.
“The accident could have went — I’d say I had a 5 percent chance of making it out alive,” Towns said. “I’d say 4 percent was to be seriously injured, and 1 percent was to be minorly injured — and I came out in the 1 percent.”
Towns was the passenger in a Hyundai Santa Fe, which was rear ended by a semi-truck while it was stopped on the interstate. I imagine there are few more terrifying sites to see in your review mirror, as the driver, Minnesota strength coach Kurt Joseph, told Towns the truck was coming just before impact.
Towns has been cleared in the NBA’s concussion protocol, and should be in the Timberwolves’ line-up for Monday night’s game against the Sacramento Kings. One thing is for sure, though, Towns is not taking his good graces for granted.
“It could have been much worse,” Towns said. “I’m just glad everyone’s safe from the accident. Everyone’s alive.”