Karl-Anthony Towns rang in 2021 with a simple message on Twitter that the entire world can relate to after a year unlike any other.
“From my family to you 2020,
Towns, 25, experienced a devastating calendar year. His mother, Jacqueline Towns, died of COVID-19 on April 13. After the sports world went on hiatus, Towns gave an impassioned plea on Instagram to take the virus seriously when his mother, who has worked as a nurse, was placed in a medically induced coma.
He dedicated the game ball to her after a double-double in the Timberwolves’ season-opener on Dec. 23 and spoke openly after how her death has impacted him.
“You know what, I don’t even recognize most of my other games and years I’ve played and how I felt those days,” Towns told reporters, per The Athletic. “If I can be honest with ya’ll for a second, I mean, I don’t really recall or really care. I only understand what happened from April 13th on.
“Because you may see me smiling and stuff, but that Karl died on April 13. He’s never coming back, I don’t remember that man. You’re talking to the physical me, but my soul has been killed off a long time ago.
Then, days before New Year’s Eve, the Timberwolves announced that Towns is sidelined indefinitely with a dislocated left wrist. It was the same one he fractured last season.
The sixth-year veteran is trying to not to get too down about it heading into a new year.
“I’m going to just stay positive,” Towns said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “It’s only right that I hurt my wrist in 2020.”
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