Karl-Anthony Towns saves the birthday cake his mom gave him before she passed away

Minneapolis, MN May 16: After a weeks-long battle with COVID-19, Jacqueline Cruz, the mother of Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, died Monday as a result of the virus, the Wolves said. She was 59. Here, Cruz posed with her son as he had his official pictures taken by team photographer David Sherman after being named NBA Rookie of the Year in 2016. (Photo by Brian Peterson/Star Tribune via Getty Images)

Covid-19 has ravaged the world and left many families with holes in them where their loved ones used to be. In the NBA world, though, perhaps no one has been more impacted by the pandemic than Karl-Anthony Towns. KAT lost his mother after a battle with the virus in April 2020. Now, Karl-Anthony Towns still holds on to the last piece of a birthday cake his mom got him in 2019 before she passed away.

KAT spoke to The Undefeated after a recent win against the New Orleans Pelicans. Towns and the Timberwolves have been among the league’s more surprising performers so far this season. He discussed holding onto that last piece of cake and how birthdays have lost meaning to him since losing his mother.

“I know itís not good to eat, but itís a memento as one of the last things she gave me. Birthdays and stuff like that havenít been really special to me, because she was the one who made it really special for me. She was the one who got me amped to have a birthday or to have that moment. But my girl did an amazing job of filling her shoes in and making it special.”

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On top of his mother passing away to Covid-19, Karl-Anthony Towns stated that seven other family members passed from it, too. Now, though, Towns is trying his best to remain positive. His team playing winning basketball has certainly only been helpful for him, too.

“I got a lot to be happy about in life. There are a lot of things that can go wrong, but Iím just worried about the good that can come out. I donít think itís fully back. Itís waves. Itís a bunch of waves. I am on a good wave right now where I am feeling positive. The team is winning. A winning streak [helped] a lot. But, I feel really good.”

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Karl-Anthony Towns and the TWolves are off to an 11-10 start and have won seven of their last eight games. They are currently holding the seventh seed in the Western Conference, too. That’s in part thanks to KAT’s continued dominance. Towns averages close to 24 points, nine rebounds, and three assists per game this season. Hopefully, Towns can continue to find happiness both on and off the court.

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