Towns’ mother, Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, died at 59 last year from complications with COVID-19. Towns said before last season that six other family members had also died from complications with the virus.
The All-Star center himself tested positive for COVID-19 in January of last season and went on to miss 13 games.
“I am a high-risk case,” Towns said of his experience with the virus after returning. “COVID did not treat me well whatsoever. A lot of scary nights.”