Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns joins six teammates in health and safety protocols

Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns entered the NBA's health and safety protocols ahead of Minnesota's 128-116 loss in Utah on Thursday.

He joins six Timberwolves players in the protocols, including starters Patrick Beverley, Anthony Edwards and Jarred Vanderbilt.

In a tweet shortly after the announcement, Towns lamented that he can't catch a break.

Towns' mother, Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, died at 59 last year from complications with COVID-19. Towns said before last season that six other family members had also died from complications with the virus.

The All-Star center himself tested positive for COVID-19 in January of last season and went on to miss 13 games.

"I am a high-risk case," Towns said of his experience with the virus after returning. "COVID did not treat me well whatsoever. A lot of scary nights."