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T-Wolves president awed by Karl-Anthony Towns’ handling of mother’s death

Karl-Anthony Towns lost his mother due to complications from the coronavirus last month, and Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas praised the superstar for his remarkable handling of such a personal tragedy.

Jacqueline Cruz-Towns passed away at the age of 58 on April 13 after contracting COVID-19 and being placed in a medically induced coma after her diagnosis.

As he mourned his mother’s death, the way Towns conducted himself with dignity and poise was nothing short of inspiring to Rosas, who said the superstar has been “incredible through this whole process.”

“For any of you guys that know Karl-Anthony Towns, he’s a very educated and intelligent individual who understands what’s going on. And I give him and his family a lot of credit because as they were going through this tragedy, they showed us the example,” Rosas said during Wednesday’s Zoom video media availability session, per Eric Woodyard of ESPN.

“They were partnering up with Mayo; they were helping their communities here in Minnesota and in the Northeast to do whatever they can to give back. He’s a very proactive individual who’s gone through a lot, has shown an incredible amount of character and toughness going through the loss of his mother.”

Towns shared details of his mother’s condition weeks before she passed away in an Instagram post, and his emotional message served as an early warning alarm about what harrowing things were on the horizon with the burgeoning coronavirus pandemic.

Rosa’s praise of Towns’ handling of his mother’s death came on the same day the Timberwolves announced that the team’s practice facility would reopen Thursday morning in a limited capacity for voluntary player workouts. Given what Towns has been through over the past few months, perhaps a return to the court will provide some semblance of normalcy for the still-in-mourning superstar.