Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns was surprised with a very special gift this past week.
In preparation of his 25th birthday, Towns’ girlfriend Jordyn Woods decided to do something especially unique for him.
The pair has been dating for several months now, but really stepped up the public showings of their affection for one another in recent weeks.
Knowing that her beau had been through something of a rough year, what with the loss of his mother to COVID-19 not long ago, Woods realized that she needed to do something truly memorable.
As shown in a video that was later published to social media, Woods went out and hired a Mariachi band ahead of Towns’ big day. The Wolves big man was blown away when he saw the gift.
Fun birthday gifts notwithstanding, this is going to be an intriguing year for Towns. He is coming off a 2019 campaign where he averaged 26.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game while shooting 50.8 percent from the field, 41.2 percent from three and 79.6 percent from the charity stripe.
Dwight Howard kept it very real. https://t.co/aE7f0VaDIA
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 14, 2020
Despite all that, Minnesota continued to struggle badly and failed to make the postseason. Since Towns’ arrival, the organization has made the playoffs exactly once – in 2018 when Jimmy Butler led the charge.
Prior to the trade deadline, the Wolves’ front office acquired D’Angelo Russell from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Andrew Wiggins. Russell and Towns are good friends, and the move was seen as an attempt on Minnesota’s part to continue to be in their young center’s good graces.
The franchise was also able to land the No. 1 overall selection in the looming 2020 NBA Draft, and will presumably utilize it in an effort to better the overall composition of the team in one way or another.
Actions have consequences. https://t.co/MMPsr3lA67
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 13, 2020
There has been some loose chatter regarding the Wolves taking LaMelo Ball with the top pick or simply trading it away altogether, but taking someone like James Wiseman out of Memphis is also viewed as a tangible option.
One way or another, the objective in Minnesota is clear: get better or risk losing Towns. A few months back, word emerged from people close to the big man that he was “as good as gone” if the team didn’t improve in a hurry.
A ‘really good player’ that is friends with Karl-Anthony Towns told an agent that KAT is “as good as gone”
, per @DWolfsonKSTP
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) September 24, 2020
Since being taken with the top overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Towns has averaged 22.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game for the Wolves. Will 25 be the age when he is finally able to harness all his individual gifts in a way that puts his team in the best position to win? Time will tell.