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Carl-Anthony Townes of Timberwolves reflects on the “emotional” night as the father attends the first game since the death of Jackie Cruz-Towns

Carl-Anthony Townes of Timberwolves reflects on the "emotional" night as the father attends the first game since the death of Jackie Cruz-Towns

New York – Before the Minnesota Timber Wolves exit the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night, Cities Carl Anthony He rushed to the stands and reached for a fan in the white number 32 shirt that had the word “cities” written on the back. The fan was Carl Anthony’s father, Karl Townes Sr.

The match, which Timberwolves lost 112-107, was the first for Towns Sr. to attend. Since his wife Jackie Cruz-Towns passed away from complications from COVID-19 on April 13, 2020.

After the match, Carl Anthony Townes said that his father’s presence meant “everything” to him.

“He understood how sad I was after the loss,” Townes said. “But he came to me, and told me something that I don’t know if he should tell me. It made me a little emotional. He told me my mom would have felt proud of the way she played tonight.”

Towns Sr. An early fan at Barclays Center on Monday. He walked the stairs towards the court, smiled and waved as his son ran through the queues, taking photos and videos.

“My dad and I were touched before the match,” Townes said. “Because he made his existence known. It affected me because my mom always did.”

Cruz-Towns has been a constant presence at the Timberwolves Games. She would often sit near the stadium, visit opposing players she had met over the years, and were known loudly and cheerfully to her son.

“It’s going to be my mom who goes to the brace, or I’ll be there and wave at me until I say hello to her or I come and hug her,” Townes said on Monday.

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Cities reported that his mother was in a medical coma and was put on a ventilator due to the virus on March 25, 2020. The towns were also diagnosed with COVID-19, and she was taken to hospital and recovered. Cruz Towns was 58 years old when she passed away.

Townes, who grew up in New Jersey, had nearly 12 family members in a match on Monday to support him.

“It was really the first time my family saw me playing in person,” said Townes, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 in January. “It’s crazy seeing my dad. I’m like, ‘Where’s my mom? Will come. “Obviously, she will not appear. It affected me, but I go there and play as best I can for this team.”

Town finished 31 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists, including key points across the span to help Wolves regain their double-digit deficit. After that, he stayed and played with his niece and nephew on the playground as Barclays Center staff turned the lights off.

“It’s moving,” Townes Sr. told ESPN. “I’m glad I’ll be back to support him. That’s what she wanted too.”

ESPN’s Royce Young contributed to this report.

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