Karl-Anthony Towns has lost seven family members to COVID-19

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Minnesota Timberwolves star center Karl-Anthony Towns is making “all the moves necessary to keep [his family] alive.”

Towns, 25, says that he “hasn’t been in a good place” since his mother passed away from COVID-19 back in April.

He also said that he has lost six other family members due to COVID-19 in addition to his mother and is “looking for answers to try to keep my family well informed.”

“I play this game more because I just love watching my family members seeing me play a game I was very good and successful at,” said Towns, via Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “It always brought a smile for me when I saw my mom at the baseline and in the stands and stuff and having a good time watching me play. It’s going to be hard to play. It’s going to be difficult to say this is therapy. I don’t think this will ever be therapy again for me. But it gives me a chance to relive the good memories I had. I guess that’s the only therapy I’m going to get from it. It’s not going to help me emotionally or anything like that.”

Towns will physically be ready for the upcoming season, but it’s clear that he has been through a lot and is emotionally drained.