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Karl-Anthony Towns’ mother still in ICU, says John Calipari

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The mother of Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns, Jacqueline Cruz, is still in the intensive care unit afflicted by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

University of Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball head coach John Calipari made the update in an interview with Jack Pilgrim of Kentucky Sports Radio.

“Ms. Jackie, Karl-Anthony Towns’ mother, is still in that hospital fighting. She’s there,” Calipari said in a Facebook Live video stream Monday evening. “We get updates, every single day we get an update from Karl Sr. about how she’s doing from the nurses at the ICU.”

Most importantly, Calipari asked fans to continue to pray for her and send positive thoughts her way during this difficult time.

“Keep praying for her, send her unbelievably positive thoughts,” the Kentucky head coach said. “I can’t wait until she gets out of that hospital. It’s been a tough road.”

Two weeks ago, the Timberwolves star revealed to the world that his mother was having a tough time with the virus. Karl-Anthony Towns posted a video on Instagram detailing the struggle and challenge his mother is facing due to the dangerous diseases.

Towns then went on to encourage people to take the issue seriously, practice social distancing and follow all the measures being implemented to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. Towns’ father, Karl Sr., was also struck by COVID-19 but has since recovered from it.

KAT spent one collegiate season in Lexington, Kentucky, playing for NCAA champion coach Calipari and the Wildcats before the Timberwolves selected him with the first overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.