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Covid-19 kills seven family members of Timberwolves star Towns

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns discussed the impact of coronavirus on his family.

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Timberwolves star Towns reveals he has lost seven family members to coronavirus

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns revealed he had lost seven family members to coronavirus.

Covid takes seven of Towns' family

Towns, 25, lost his mother, Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, due to complications from covid-19 in April.

The two-time NBA All-Star said his mum was one of seven family members he had seen die from coronavirus.

"I've been through a lot, obviously starting out with my mum," Towns told reporters on Friday.

"Last night I got a call that I lost my uncle. I feel like I've been hardened a little bit by life and humbled."

He added: "I've seen a lot of coffins in the last seven months.

"I have a lot of people who have – in my family and my mum's family – gotten covid. I'm the one looking for answers still, trying to find how to keep them healthy.

"It's just a lot of responsibility on me to keep my family well-informed and to make all the moves necessary to keep them alive."

Towns averaged a career-high 26.5 points last season, to go with 10.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists, but was limited to just 35 games because of injuries.

Minnesota, who struggled to a 19-45 record, will open their 2020-21 season against the Detroit Pistons on 23 December.