Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns told reporters he “hasn’t been in a good place” since losing his mother to complications from COVID-19 in April.
Towns then added that seven family members overall have died as a result of the virus. He did not elaborate beyond saying he is taking a leadership role and trying to make sure his family is educated.
“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 has not played in an NBA game in nearly year, suffering a wrist injury Feb. 10 that sidelined him until the season was suspended in March. The Timberwolves were not among the 22 teams invited to resume the season on the Disney campus in July.
The NBA is scheduled to tip off the 2020-21 season on Dec. 22. Towns and the Timberwolves open Dec. 23 at home vs. the Detroit Pistons.