NBA Covid-19 News: Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns on Friday said that he has tested positive for COVID-19. The match against the Memphis Grizzlies has been postponed.
The diagnosis is especially hard for Towns, whose mother, Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, died at 59 on April 13 due to complications from COVID-19. She had dealt with the virus for a month.
“Prior to tonight’s game, I received yet another awful call that I tested positive for COVID,” Towns said in a statement shared on social media. “I will immediately isolate and follow every protocol. I pray every day that this nightmare of a virus will subside and I beg everyone to continue to take it seriously by taking all the necessary precautions.”
“… It breaks my heart that my family, and particularly my father and sister continue to suffer from the anxiety that comes along with this diagnosis as we know all too well what the end result could be. To my niece and nephew … I promise you I will not end up in a box next to grandma and I will beat this.”
Towns, 25, missed six games this season with a wrist injury but returned to the court last week. He’s averaging 22 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in four games.
Karl-Anthony Towns lost 7 family members due to Covid-19
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns said that he lost seven family members to COVID-19.
Towns spoke about his life with the pandemic, acknowledging that he “hasn’t been in a good place” since his mother passed away as a result of COVID-19 in April. On top of losing his mother, Towns said he has lost six other family members to 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.
Towns did not embellish on that point other than to say he is working to make sure his family is trained about the virus.
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.
“I’m the one looking for answers to try to keep my family well informed & make all the moves necessary to keep them alive.”
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) December 4, 2020
Karl-Anthony Towns did not have the opportunity to play in the NBA bubble
Karl-Anthony Towns has not played an NBA game since February 2020. He injured his wrist during a game against the Toronto Raptors and was out until the NBA postponed its season in mid-March following Rudy Gobert’s positive COVID-19 test.
The league restarted the season on July 31, but the Timberwolves did not have a good enough record to play in the Orlando bubble.
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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 will tip-off on Dec. 22. Find the latest NBA schedule here.
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