Karl-Anthony Towns on shutting it down: ‘I can’t do that. I’ve got too much pride.’

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Through his first three and a half NBA seasons, Karl-Anthony Towns never missed a game. No nights off for “load management” and he had been fortunate with injuries. What ended the streak was not something on the court but a car accident this past February that sent him into the league’s concussion protocol.

Towns has been balling out since he got back from that concussion (and even before it). In his last 10 games, Towns is averaging 32.9 points per game on 59.6 percent shooting overall, 48.3 percent from three (on 5.8 attempts a game), plus grabbing 12.8 boards a night. With other players seeing minutes reductions or starting to shut it down for the season around the league, some Timberwolves fans have called for that.

Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic asked Towns about that and…

What did you expect him to say?

There also is this: If Towns makes any of the All-NBA teams as a center, he will earn $32 million more on the contract extension that kicks in next season (via the Rose Rule). That’s a lot of money to play for. (Towns is on the bubble of making it, there is a crowded field this season.)

But Towns isn’t playing just for the money — the man just wants to be on the court.