Zach LaVine got a special surprise Tuesday night after he was named to his first all-star game of his career as an Eastern Conference reserve.

The Bulls set up a call that LaVine was told was for the media. But on it popped up his parents, girlfriend, friends and even teammates, all to create a special moment on a special night.

Before all that, he heard from Karl-Anthony Towns. The Timberwolves’ center caught wind of the announcement prior to Minnesota’s game against Milwaukee on Tuesday and immediately reached out.

“He’s been deserving of this honor for a while,” Towns said. “I feel he should’ve been a multiple-time All-Star by now. That’s my opinion. I figure the rest of the world will agree with me. Zach to finally get that nod and get that call, it’s something that is really special. … I’m extremely excited for him.”

Towns noted he didn’t have much to smile about after Minnesota suffered another blowout defeat at the hands of Milwaukee, but he couldn’t help but be excited for his friend and former teammate. LaVine’s accolade was a moment to savor.

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“If I’ve learned anything in this past year, I’ve also made a promise to myself to enjoy the little things, don’t look over them and just look at the big things,” he said. “These little moments right here make me so happy and so excited.”

Towns recalled getting his first all-star nod, and how LaVine called him and the two celebrated via FaceTime.

“We really went crazy with each other. I wanted to give him the same energy plus more back. I did that before the game,” Towns said.

Towns couldn’t wait to see LaVine in person Wednesday to give him a huge and tell him, in person, just how proud he was of the guard.

“When you see his career and how it’s just progressed and progressed and progressed and how he’s grown and grown and grown not only as a player, but as a man,” Towns said. “This business, this game, it swallows you, and it could just spit out a whole different version of you. And for Zach to come out on the side of just not only elevating himself as a player, but as a man, that means a lot to me.”

Towns recalled those former Timberwolves teams that featured the likes of himself, LaVine and Andrew Wiggins. As they’d exit the huddle, they’d all come together and say, “Family on three.”

“Every time we said it, I meant it,” Towns said. “That guy is with me to the end, and I’m going to ride with him to the end, regardless of what jersey he puts on, and what jersey I put on.”

Towns and Giannis

Towns and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo joined near center court for an embrace following the Bucks’ victory over Minnesota on Tuesday.

Antetokounmpo, Towns said, is a friend of his. That’s especially true after this offseason.

“I appreciate him. I don’t think he gets enough publicly how much of a man he is, but I’ll say it for him, even though I know he won’t,” Towns said. “I appreciate him and the way he’s reached out to me during my time. We really built a friendship there. I’m really appreciative of him and the amount of care he’s put into me and my family.”

Antetokounmpo spoke to Towns a couple months ago. He knows what Towns, who lost his mother to COVID-19 in April, is going through. Antetokounmpo’s father died four years ago. But the two hadn’t seen one another in person for a long time. So after the game, Antetokounmpo said he “had to go up to him and speak with him.”

“Tell him a few words, and to represent his mom in the best way, and I told him sorry about his loss,” Antetokounmpo said. “I kind of know how much he hurts. I know it’s not easy to lose somebody you love, and then you’ve got to go and still do your job. It’s extremely hard, so I told him I love him, stay healthy and I’ll see you soon.”