Karl-Anthony Towns says he's lost seven family members to COVID-19

Chris Cwik
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Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns says he’s lost seven family members to COVID-19.

Towns spoke about his experience with the pandemic, revealing he “hasn’t been in a good place” since his mother died as a result of COVID-19 in April. On top of losing his mother, Towns said he’s lost six other family members to the virus.

Towns did not elaborate on that subject other than to say he’s trying to make sure his family is educated about the virus.

“I’m the one looking for answers to try to keep my family well-informed and make all the moves necessary to keep them alive,” Towns said.

Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves watches his team play against the Golden State Warriors.
Karl-Anthony Towns says he's lost seven family members to COVID-19. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Karl-Anthony Towns didn’t have opportunity to play in NBA bubble

Towns has not played an NBA game since February. Towns injured his wrist during a game against the Toronto Raptors on Feb. 10 and remained out until the NBA suspended its season in mid-March following Rudy Gobert’s positive COVID-19 test. The league restarted the season July 31, but the Timberwolves did not have a good enough record to play in the Orlando bubble.

While the bubble worked well — no NBA player tested positive while in the bubble — the league is moving forward without a bubble to begin the 2020-21 NBA season. The league plans to tip off Dec. 22.

A record 219,187 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States on Thursday, according to the CDC.

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