Karl Towns Sr. was in attendance for the first time since his wife Jackie Cruz-Towns died from COVID-19 complications and he and his son Karl-Anthony Towns got emotional before the game. Towns scored 32 points but still it wasn't enough as the Brooklyn Nets beat the Minnesota Timberwolwes 112-107.
"He understood how upset I was after the loss," Towns said. "But he came to me, and he told me something I don't know if he should've told me. It got me a little emotional. He told me my mom would've been proud with how I played tonight.
"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."
It was a tough and emotional night for Towns
Towns himself contracted the coronavirus but he managed to beat it. "It was really the first time having family watch me playing in person," said Towns, who himself was diagnosed with COVID-19 in January.
"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."
Towns Sr. also acknowledged it was emotional to be back watching his son. "It's emotional," Towns Sr. told ESPN. "I'm glad to be back supporting him. It's what she would've wanted, too." Shortly after the season started, Towns said his soul was ''dead.'
' "I don't even recognize most of my other games and years I've played and how I felt those days," Towns said in late-December. "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."