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Houston Rockets forward Robert Covington, who played with Karl-Anthony Towns in Minnesota prior to his February trade to Houston, expressed his sorrow for the loss of Towns’ mother.

Jacqueline Cruz, the mother of young Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star, died Monday due to complications from the coronavirus, the team announced in a statement.

“My brother, I’m so sorry that you and pops have to endure this pain,” Covington wrote in an emotional IG post. “Her spirit was what drove you the most. She was your rock, man. Mrs. Towns was a beautiful woman that opened her arms to me and treated me as her one of own from the moment I got to Minnesota and after.”

“I felt the love and energy you received your whole life and it was amazing,” Covington wrote in closing. “I’m always here for you, bro. We know it’s more than basketball with us. I love you, and I’m so sorry you got to deal with this. Rest in heaven, Mrs. Towns.”