Few people in the sports world have experienced more tragedy from the COVID-19 pandemic than Karl-Anthony Towns.
Towns’ mother died in April at the age of 58 after battling COVID-19. She had been placed in a medically-induced coma in March and was on a ventilator before dying a few weeks later.
Towns’ father also had COVID-19 but has recovered. However, other family members for Towns haven’t been so lucky. Towns says his uncle died recently. He said on Friday that seven family members in total have died from complications due to COVID-19.
“I’ve seen a lot of coffins in the last seven months,” Towns said on Friday. “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.”
That is nothing short of awful. Towns says the tragedies have hardened him. He just turned 25 and has already experienced the kind of loss nobody should have to go through.
Luckily Towns has the support of his friends and basketball family to help him get through the difficult time.
Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, the mother of Karl-Anthony Towns, died due to complications related to the coronavirus, her family announced on Monday.
Karl-Anthony, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft by the Timberwolves, disclosed last month that both of his parents had tested positive for the virus. He said at the time that his mother’s condition was not doing well and that she was on a ventilator.
She ended up dying at the age of 58.
Karl-Anthony and Jackie were said to be very close. This video of Towns announcing his decision to play college ball at Kentucky shows what their relationship was like.
Seeing them in that moment personalizes the news and makes even more of an impact.
Our thoughts are with the Towns family.
The NBA community has felt the impact of the coronavirus from the moment Rudy Gobert tested positive, and unfortunately the disease has permanently changed the life of Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns.
The Timberwolves announced on Monday that Towns’ mother, Jacqueline, has died from complications that were the result of her contracting COVID-19.
Towns shared an emotional video on Instagram three weeks ago in which he revealed that his mother had been placed into a medically induced coma after testing positive for the coronavirus. He said he thought she had been getting better at one point before she took a turn for the worse and needed to be placed on a ventilator. Towns said at the time that both of his parents were not feeling well, but his father was released by doctors and told to self-quarantine.
Several NBA players have tested positive for the coronavirus, but fortunately none have had major complications. Our thoughts are with Towns and his family during this incredibly difficult time.
Karl-Anthony Towns shared an emotional video on social media Tuesday night in which he revealed that his mother is in dire condition due to the coronavirus.
Towns says his mother is in a medically-induced coma after dealing with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. He said he was sharing the story to educate people about the severity of the situation so that they practice social distancing to avoid spreading and contracting the virus.
In his Instagram video, Towns says he was told early last week that his parents were not feeling well, so he advised them to get medical attention. When there wasn’t improvement, he advised his mom to go to the hospital. Towns says his mother’s fever was high and not improving, and her cough and lungs were getting worse. His dad was released and put into quarantine.
Towns says they thought his mother was improving, but then things went sideways quickly and her lungs got worse. She was put on a ventilator and has been in a medically-induced coma since he says.
“Sharing my story in the hopes that everyone stays at home! We need more equipment and we need to help those medical personnel on the front lines. Thank you to the medical staff who are helping my mom. You are all the true heroes! Praying for all of us at this difficult time,” Towns wrote in his Instagram message.
Towns, 24, plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves and went to Kentucky for college, though he is from New Jersey. His mother Jacqueline is Dominican, which has led Towns to play for the Dominican Republic’s national basketball team.
Below is Towns’ video:
Karl-Anthony Towns will be out at least two more weeks due to a wrist fracture, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced on Friday.
Towns injured his wrist in January and underwent an MRI earlier this month. He missed one game before the All-Star break and will not be playing on Friday night when Minnesota plays its first game since the break.
The Timberwolves announced the following regarding Towns:
After sustaining a left wrist injury, Towns received a period of treatment and monitoring from the Wolves medical staff. Continued evaluation of the injury confirmed a wrist fracture. While Towns has been diligent in treatment with a goal of return to play, he has been assessed by multiple specialists over the last several days and the team continues to gather information on the optimal management strategies.
Towns has averaged 26.5 points and 10.8 rebounds per game in 35 contests this season. The 24-year-old big man made the All-Star Game the last two years, but not this season. He recently vented about the losing with the franchise.
Karl-Anthony Towns is stirring the social media pot in the wake of his team making some pre-deadline trades.
The Minnesota Timberwolves star posted a series of memes to his Instagram Story on Tuesday indicating that he was confused or otherwise perturbed.
Losers of their last 12 straight games, the Wolves have plummeted to 14th in the West at 15-34. They had been in talks with the Golden State Warriors to land Towns’ good friend D’Angelo Russell, but those reportedly fell through.
The Wolves were also involved in a huge 12-player deal earlier in the night. The trade saw them give up Robert Covington, Keita Bates-Diop, Noah Vonleh, Jordan Bell, and Shabazz Napier and acquire Evan Turner, Jarred Vanderbilt, Malik Beasley, Juan Hernangomez, and two future firsts.
Towns recently had to shoot down rumors that he was unhappy in Minnesota, but that does not sound like a man who is pleased with what appear to be rebuilding moves, even if it resulted in quite the haul for his team.
Karl-Anthony Towns has been the subject of trade rumors over the past few weeks, but the Minnesota Timberwolves insist none of that talk has originated from within the organization. According to president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, rival teams shouldn’t even bother calling the T-Wolves to ask about Towns.
Prior to Minnesota’s game against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night, Rosas told ESPN’s Eric Woodyard that the Timberwolves have zero interest in trading Towns.
“Karl-Anthony Towns is as untouchable as they come,” Rosas said. “He’s the best player on our team and he’s the guy we’re building around. Everything we do is to help him become the best player and to help us become the best team we can be. He’s a special talent that we’re going to do anything possible to help him achieve his highest potential.”
Towns signed a five-year, $158 million max contract extension with Minnesota last offseason. He isn’t eligible to become a free agent until 2024, and Rosas’ comments coincidentally came a few hours before Towns scored 40 points in the loss to Chicago. He’s also just 24, so there is very little incentive for the Timberwolves to trade him.
Of course, players forcing their way to new teams has become commonplace in the modern NBA, and some rumors have indicated Towns is unhappy in Minnesota. The big man recently dismissed them, however, and there is very little chance he will be traded even with the Timberwolves just 15-29 on the season and fading from playoff contention.
Karl-Anthony Towns sounds like he is here for the long haul in Minnesota.
Addressing reporters Friday after his first game in over a month, the Wolves star brushed aside reports of his alleged unhappiness with the team.
“I don’t go for all the s—,” Towns said, per Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “I just do my job, go home and I know what the real story is. There’s a reason those stories are made, because people need to sell papers, sell links and clicks, whatever the case may be.
“I’m here to be a Minnesota Timberwolf,” he went on. “Very fortunate I have a head coach like Ryan [Saunders], a president and friend like Gerss[on Rosas]. I’m not worried about all that nonsense. Whatever we have to deal with in house, we’ll deal with in house. This ain’t the circus like it used to be. This is something that’s gonna be done as a family. If we have a problem or anything, we’ll deal with it internally. We won’t have external forces adding anything.”
The two-time All-Star Towns missed the previous 15 games due to a knee injury followed by an illness. Minnesota promptly plummeted to ten games below .500 and now sit 13th in the West at 15-26.
Rumors were swirling last month about the 24-year-old’s supposed discontent with one particular heavyweight being linked to him. Towns did sign a five-year supermax extension with the Wolves before the start of last season though, and he still appears committed to the team for at least that long.
Concerns about Karl-Anthony Towns’ future in Minnesota appear to be overstated.
Amid reports that Towns is unhappy with the struggling Timberwolves, sources close to both the organization and Towns himself downplayed that chatter. According to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, both parties see it as inevitable chatter that comes about when a star player is on a losing team, and there is emphasis on the fact that the sources in the original report are not from people close to Towns.
The initial report stated that the Golden State Warriors were monitoring Towns’ situation as talk of his possible unhappiness grew. That report sourced NBA executives, so while the Warriors may be eyeing Towns, that dissatisfaction may be overstated.
Talk about how happy Towns may be isn’t exactly unwarranted. The team is 12-20 and has only made the playoffs once in his career. That said, Towns is in the first year of a five-year extension, making it even more unlikely that he’s departing anytime soon.
The Golden State Warriors may be doing some serious plotting in the midst of their first down season in nearly a decade.
The Athletic’s Ethan Strauss reported Sunday that the Dubs are monitoring the situation of All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns. Multiple NBA executives are said to have relayed word at the recent G League showcase that Towns is unhappy with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Strauss does note though that the Wolves and Warriors currently have differing visions of how a trade between the two of them could look.
The 24-year-old Towns is in the middle of a career year, averaging 26.5 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game on 51.4 percent from the field and 41.8 percent from deep. He has gotten little support from his teammates however, as the Wolves are currently 11-20 and have only had one winning season since Towns was drafted in 2015.
While the Warriors do lack quality young assets asides from perhaps rookie forward Eric Paschall, they badly need a center and figure to be right back in title contention when Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson return from injury. Towns is also very good friends with guard D’Angelo Russell, such that Russell almost signed with the Wolves last summer.