Last night's NBA draft featured an adorable moment between former Kentucky star Karl-Anthony Towns and his parents. After the 19-year-old was selected first by the Minnesota Timberwolves, he engaged in a quick handshake routine with his father, Karl Towns Sr., and then stood up for a hug. Karl Sr. declined, however, motioning that his son needed to hug his mother first. Karl-Anthony dutifully followed directions, giving his mom a hug and kiss, and subsequently was welcomed into his father's arms for a warm embrace.
The two Karls have always held a special bond. When Karl-Anthony was selected as the Boys Gatorade Player of the Year in 2014, he tearfully thanked his father for building him a basketball court in the backyard. As the story goes, Karl Sr. solemnly apologized to a fourth-grade Karl-Anthony on Christmas, explaining that he couldn't afford to buy any Christmas presents that year. He made it up to his son that spring, though, by withdrawing most of his savings to construct a concrete basketball court behind their house. Karl-Anthony called the moments spent practicing defense with his father that summer (a hoop was still too expensive for the few months, so working on offense was out of the question) some of the best in his life.