Karl-Anthony Towns sounds like an entirely different person after the emotional and mental trauma he’s endured during the pandemic.
While 2020 has been a never-ending stream of constant irritation for most, Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Karl-Anthony Towns has suffered some incalcuable losses over this year, as seven of his relatives, including his mother Jackie, have passed away as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After a 111-101 win in Minnesota’s opener against the Detroit Pistons, Towns, who dedicated the game ball to his late mother, mentioned his distraught he has been over the last few months, claiming that his personal tragedies have completely changed who he is.
Karl-Anthony Towns might be using basketball as a way to put his loss behind him
With such an unprecedented amount of loss in such a short span of time, not a solitary soul would blame Towns if he decided to either take some time away from the game or sit the entire season out in order to recalibrate mentally. However, Towns seems to believe that getting back into his daily routine of dominating on the basketball court will help him move past this extremely dark chapter in his life.
While the Wolves will be among the most interesting teams in the league given the presence of Towns, D’Angelo Russell, and 2020 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Edwards, this season will come in the middle of an extremely emotional time for their franchise cornerstone. Towns is one of the game’s brightest young stars, and hearing him discuss what he’s had to go through at just 25 years old is genuinely heartbreaking.