Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns is only in his second NBA season, but the 21-year-old has already established himself as one of the top centers in the game.
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Last year, Towns was named NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 18.3 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game. This year, Towns is averaging 21.5 points per game — leading all centers — and 11.5 rebounds per game.
Towns would be a scary addition to the Team USA basketball roster which will compete for a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Except Towns has already committed to playing for another country: the Dominican Republic.
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Why? His mother, Jacqueline Cruz, is Dominican. Here’s an adorable interview in Spanish featuring Towns and his mami.
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You’ll notice Towns remains quiet for most of the interview; he says he understands Spanish but doesn’t speak it very well.
Of course, the highlight of the interview is Towns getting embarrassed by his mom’s show of affection.
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We’ve all been there, Karl-Anthony.
The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears recently interviewed Towns, as well as members of his family, to dive a little deeper into connection with the Dominican Republic.
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Towns reveals that a visit to his mother’s home country — his first trip out of the U.S. — had a big impact:
“To see the way my mom’s country is, how beautiful it is, see a different side of the world, it was eye-opening. It was amazing. I had so much fun,” said Towns to The Undefeated.
Spears also spoke with Michael Quezada, one of Towns’ cousins. Quezada, who grew up in the Dominican neighborhood of Washington Heights, in NYC, says Towns has become a household name: “He’s the most talked-about player in all the Dominican barbershops.”