Minnesota Timberwolves star center Karl-Anthony Towns was determined to get the win for his late mother in his team's season opener against the Detroit Pistons. Towns, who had an extremely close relationship with his mom, suffered a heartbreak in April when his mother passed away due to COVID-19 complications.
The Timberwolves were trailing for a good part of the match but had a big fourth quarter to erase the deficit and claim a 111-101 win over the Pistons. Towns had a good double-double as he scored 22 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and also dished out seven assists.
"It meant a lot," Towns said after the win, as quoted on ESPN. "Selfishly, it meant a lot." After the game, Towns was gifted the game ball and he plans to give it to his father so he could put it next to his mom at their family home.
"I'm just happy I got this for her," Towns said. "I told her I wanted to get her this win and get her this ball, so I'm just happy to be able to get it done."
Towns says his soul is dead
2016 NBA Rookie of the Year Towns has had an extremely hard time dealing with his mother's death.
"I don't even recognize most of my other games and years I've played and how I felt those days," Towns said. "If I can be honest with y'all for a second, I mean, I don't really recall or really care.
"I only know what happened from April 13 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. I don't know that man. You're talking to the physical me, but my soul has been killed off a long time ago.
"I want to answer your question but that man you're talking about from April 13 or before, I don't know him. I don't recall any parts of him." Two-time NBA All Star Towns is going through a tough phrase but he noted that he will always be there for his teammates.
"No matter how bad my situation is, how f---ed up my life is, I'm gonna keep being here for these guys," Towns said. "I'm gonna let them see me smile even though inside I'm not smiling whatsoever. I owe that to these guys as a leader, I owe that to them as a teammate."