As Karl-Anthony Towns gets ready for the start of another NBA season he's opening up about the extremely difficult year he has had. The Timberwolves star has lost 7 family members to COVID-19.

Towns told CNN that he is working to keep the rest of his family safe, "I've seen a lot of coffins in the last seven months, eight months. But I have a lot of people who have -- in my family and my mom's family -- who have gotten Covid. I'm the one looking for answers still, trying to find how to keep them healthy. It's just a lot of responsibility on me to keep my family well informed and to make all the moves necessary to keep them alive."

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The Timberwolves tip-off their regular season on December 23rd. Towns said it'll be difficult not having his family at games, "I play this game more because I just loved watching my family members seeing me play a game...So it's going to be hard to play."

In May, Towns donated $100,000 to the Mayo Clinic to improve COVD-19 testing. At that time, Dr. William Morice II, chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic, told timberwolves.comWe are blown away by Karl’s gesture to help us fast-track offering testing to more patients across Minnesota and the nation.” 

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