Karl-Anthony Towns continued on his hot streak of producing scintillating performances for his side. Monday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets was special for Towns because his father was among the limited spectators in the stands.
This was the first game Karl Towns Sr. attended ever since his wife and KAT’s mother Jackie Cruz-Towns passed away due to complications from COVID-19 on April 13, 2020. Before the game, he walked over to the stands and grasped hands with his father as they shared an emotional moment.
Jackie Cruz-Towns was a notable presence in all of the Timberwolves’ games before her death. She would often make her way to the opposition dugout and strike a rapport with other players. She was known to loudly cheer her son during games.
In the post-game press conference, Towns was asked about how he felt about his father being there for him.
He said, “It meant everything to me. Even after we lost, he got me a little emotional by saying that my mom would have been proud of the way I played tonight. And it’s crazy seeing my dad. I’m like, ‘Where’s my mom? She’s gonna come.’ And, obviously, she’s not gonna show up. That affected me, but I go out there and play the best I can for this team.”
He continued, “Me and my dad got emotional before the game. Because he made his presence known. It affected me because my mom always did that. My mom would be the one to go at the stanchion. Or be there and wave at me until I said hi to her or came and hugged her.”
Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves lose even after a commendable performance
Karl-Anthony towns finished with 31 points and 12 rebounds to his name in the 107-112 defeat against the Brooklyn Nets.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves are 15th in the Western Conference standings. At the moment, they are well and truly out of the playoff race. They will look forward to next season and will try to build the team around KAT and this year’s first-round draft pick Anthony Edwards.
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