The year of 2020 has been difficult for all, but for Karl-Anthony Towns, the sorrows have known no boundaries. The Minnesota Timberwolves center has lost SEVEN relatives to COVID-19, including his mother and opens up on how he has been coping up with this tragic phase of his life.
Amid a grief-stricken year, Karl-Anthony Towns sets himself up for the next NBA season
The most recent tragedy in the family of Karl-Anthony Towns came with the passing of his uncle on Thursday, who is the sixth relative the player has lost this year, in addition to his mother Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, who breathed her last on 13th April at only 58 years of age.
Now, as the 2020-21 NBA season makes its approach, the Timberwolves star prepares his return to the court with a heavy heart.
“I’ve been through a lot, obviously starting out with my mom,” Towns, who is still overcoming the loss of his mother, said on Friday.
“Last night I got a call that I lost my uncle. I feel like I’ve been hardened a little bit by life and humbled.”
“I’ve seen a lot of coffins in the last seven months,” a mournful Towns went on, “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.”
Following his mather’s passage in April, Towns shared a heart touching clip on his Instagram, tributing the late Jacqueline Cruz-Towns who has been through the thick and thins of her son’s basketball career.
Towns’ father Karl Sr had also contracted the virus but has recovered from it.
“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,” the 25-year-old added.
Towns, who is a 2015 first-round pickup, is set to begin his sixth NBA season with the Timberwolves.