NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns lost mom, six other relatives, to COVID-19

Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns lost his mother Monday when she died because of complications from COVID-19. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

It’s been a tough year for most, but perhaps few have had it as bad as basketballer Karl-Anthony Towns, who lost seven relatives, including his mother, to the coronavirus.

The Minnesota Timberwolves player lost his mother to coronavirus complications in April, a traumatic hit that would not be the pandemic’s last.

“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.”

– Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns

He told reporters last Friday that he most recently lost an uncle to the virus. “I feel like I’ve been hardened a little bit by life and humbled,” the two-time NBA All-Star said.

“I’ve seen a lot of coffins in the last seven months, eight months,” Towns said. “But I have a lot of people who have — in my family and my mom’s family — who have 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.”