Minnesota Timberwolves player Karl-Anthony Towns has had a rougher time during this pandemic than most, having lost a number of his family members to the pandemic. The 25-year-old Center unfortunately lost over 6 relatives due to the virus sweeping the nation – but one particular loss has been hard.
The 2015-16 NBA Rookie of the Year told reporters recently, “I’ve seen a lot of coffins in the last seven months,” especially given the loss of his own mother in April.
“I have a lot of people who have — in my family and my mom’s family – gotten COVID. I’m the one looking for answers still, trying to find how to keep them healthy. It’s just a lot of responsibility on me to keep my family well informed and to make all the moves necessary to keep them alive.”
For Towns, even when the seasons restarts, it won’t be the same. In addition to his mother, he also found out his uncle passed from the disease, as well. His mother was a big part of his basketball life and even the game won’t hold quite the same value to him.
“It always brought me a smile when I saw my mom at the baseline and in the stands and stuff and having a good time watching me play,” Towns said. “It is going to be hard to play. It’s going to be difficult to say this is therapy. I don’t think [playing basketball] will ever be therapy for me again. But it gives me a chance to relive good memories I had.”
Karl-Anthony Towns said that he “hasn’t been in a good place” since his mother went to the hospital. Towns said he’s lost 6 other family members to COVID.— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) December 4, 2020
“I’m the one looking for answers to try to keep my family well informed & make all the moves necessary to keep them alive.”