NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns has received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, one week before the anniversary of his mother’s death which was due to COVID-19.

The 25-year-old center from the Timberwolves shared the news on Tuesday, via an Instagram post.

KAT’s mother passed on April 13th, after testing positive in March 2020. At one point, doctors placed her in a medically induced coma due in hopes of saving her life, but it didn’t work…

Karl and his father, Karl Sr., also later contracted the virus but both have fully recovered.

A large number of NBA players have now received the vaccine over the past month, however NBA commissioner Adam Silver says it is not currently a requirement to play.

KAT previously spoke about how the virus affected his family saying: “I pray every day that this nightmare of a virus will subside and I beg everyone to continue to take it seriously by taking all of the necessary precautions.”

In the attached video, Karl-Anthony goes over this tough year.

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