Timberwolves honor Karl-Anthony Towns' late mom, Jacqueline, with special seat at Target Center

Ryan Young
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The Minnesota Timberwolves left a special seat reserved at the Target Center on Sunday night to honor Jacqueline Towns, Karl-Anthony Towns’ late mother.

Jacqueline died from COVID-19 in April 2020, one of seven family members that Towns lost to the disease over the past year.

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Towns family hit hard by COVID-19

Jacqueline, a nurse, died last April due to complications from the coronavirus after she was placed in a medically induced coma. Towns’ uncle and grandma, along with four others, also died.

Towns announced in January that he had also contracted the coronavirus, and then dropped the news that he had been hit by a drunk driver in Los Angeles and briefly hospitalized.

The loss of his mom, understandably, hit him hard.

“If I can be honest with ya’ll for a second, I mean, I don’t really recall or really care,” he said after their season opener in December about his mom’s death. “I only understand what happened from April 13th on.

“Because you may see me smiling and stuff, but that Karl died on April 13. He’s never coming back, I don’t remember that man. You’re talking to the physical me, but my soul has been killed off a long time ago.”

Towns, former teammate Zach LaVine and Towns’ dad, Karl Towns Sr., all embraced on the court after Minnesota’s 121-117 win over the Chicago Bulls.

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Towns nearly dropped a triple-double in the win on Sunday, and finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. D’Angelo Russell dropped 27 points off the bench for Minnesota, too. LaVine led Chicago with 30 points and seven rebounds.

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