“I don’t even recognize most of my other games and years I’ve played and how I felt then,” he told reporters in an emotional interview after the 111-101 victory. “If I can be honest with you guys for a second, I mean I don’t really remember or really care.
“I only know what happened on April 13th. Because maybe you can smile and see me like that, but that Karl died on April 13th. He never comes back. I don’t remember this man. I don’t know this man. You are talking to the physical me, but my soul was killed a long time ago. “
Towns was close to his mother, who had been hospitalized in Edison, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, and his father also had the virus. “This disease is real,” Towns wrote in April. “This disease does not have to be taken lightly. Please protect your families, loved ones, friends, yourself. Practice social distancing. “In November he posted a YouTube video entitled“ The Hardest Year of My Life ”.
After a performance of 22 points and 11 rebounds, he brought talking to reporters back to the emotional pain of what he was experiencing.
“I would like to answer your question,” he said, “but I do not know this man whom you are talking about from April 13th or earlier. I don’t remember any parts of him. “
He walked off with the cue ball even though his heart was elsewhere.
“No matter how bad my situation is, how bad my life is, I will continue to be here for these guys,” he said. “I’ll let her see me smile, even though I’m not smiling at all inside. I owe that to these guys as leaders, I owe that to them as teammates. “
In March, Towns announced on Instagram that he would donate $ 100,000 to the Mayo Clinic for developing a coronavirus test. “I hope we can fight this virus faster and more efficiently by improving the Mayo Clinic’s testing capabilities and availability, as well as the general Covid-19 response,” he wrote. “So I’m going to donate $ 100,000 to support this effort.”
The win on Wednesday evening brought a degree of satisfaction.
“I’m just glad I got this for her,” Towns said. “I told her I wanted to bring her this win and her this ball, so I’m just glad I can do it.”