Karl-Anthony Towns had to dig deep to muster up the willingness to play Wednesday night in the wake of losing several family members, including his mother, to the coronavirus.
“When you go through what I’ve been through, you just find a different source of strength. I don’t know how to explain it. I made a promise to these guys to be here for them,” Towns said afterward.
“You may see me smiling and stuff, but that Karl died on April 13th. He’s never coming back. I don’t remember that man. I don’t know that man. You’re talking to the physical me, but my soul has been killed off a long time ago.”
Towns told reporters earlier this month he has lost about seven family members to the deadly virus, including his mother Jacqueline Cruz-Towns. The Timberwolves put together a video tribute before tip-off.
Towns admitted that the death of his mother had been hard on him and that he didn’t think basketball would ever be “therapy” for him again, he told reporters earlier this month, tramite il Star Tribune. Ha detto che ora vuole solo aiutare le famiglie che sono state anche colpite dal virus.
“I’ve always been a person since I was young, Non ho mai voluto che le persone provassero quel dolore che provavo io, e quello è stato uno di quei momenti in cui mi sono appoggiato a me stesso. Non volevo che le persone si sentissero come mi sentivo io e volevo cercare di impedire loro di avere il calvario e la situazione che stavo attraversando,” Egli ha detto.
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