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NBA players come together in support of Karl-Anthony Towns in wake of mother’s passing

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Following the passing of Karl-Anthony Towns’ mother, Jacqueline, players from all over the NBA have begun reaching out to the Minnesota Timberwolves star to express their support.

A few of Towns’ former teammates, Tyus Jones, Jamal Crawford and Zach LaVine, were among the first to send their condolences Towns’ way:

NBA All-Star guards Donovan Mitchell, Chris Paul and John Wall, the latter of whom has been sidelined while recovering from a torn Achilles, also took to Twitter to post their thoughts and prayers for Towns and his family:

Thus far, fellow NBA players Jusuf Nurkic, Isaiah Thomas, Tobias Harris, Collin Sexton, CJ McCollum and Jared Dudley have also posted their condolences on social media:

Trae Young, Patrick Beverley, and Luka Doncic tweeted their condolences well:

Jacqueline passed away due to complications from COVID-19:

“The Towns family is heartbroken by the untimely passing of Jacqueline Towns due to complications as a result of COVID-19,” a Towns family spokesperson said in a statement, via the Timberwolves’ Twitter account. “Jackie, as she was affectionately known among family and friends, had been battling the virus for more than a month when she succumbed on April 13th. Jackie was many thing to many people – a wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. The matriarch of the Towns family, she was an incredible source of strength; a fiery caring, and extremely loving person, who touched everyone she met. Her passion was palpable and her energy will never be replaced.”

The 2019-20 NBA campaign was suspended after Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus last month. At the moment, there is no timetable for the league’s return.

Basketball is just one of many sports that has been affected by the current climate. The NHL had to suspend its season, as well, and the MLB pushed the start of its 2020 campaign back.