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A vulnerable, emotional Karl-Anthony Towns confronts his mother's COVID-19 diagnosis head-on

You see the vulnerability on Karl-Anthony Towns’ face, the anguish in his voice, the fear in the Minnesota Timberwolves center’s body language.

Towns’ mother has the COVID-19 virus and is in a medically induced coma, according to Towns.

In some ways, it’s the worst possible nightmare.

Rudy Gobert’s diagnosis was the first domino to fall in the NBA, leading to the cancellation of games and the mass alteration of our way of life. The other players who’ve since been diagnosed have largely been asymptomatic, giving some degree of separation between what this looks like and what it is.