EDISON, NJ — NBA superstar Karl-Anthony Towns took to Instagram to share his family's battle with the coronavirus on Wednesday, March 25. Towns, a native of Piscataway who played high school ball at Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen), hopes the by sharing his story he could encourage others to follow social distancing to help stop its spread.

“I hope everyone understands the severity of what's going on right now,” said Towns, a center for the Minnesota Timberwolves, in an Instagram video post. “This disease is real. This disease needs not to be taken lightly. Please protect your families, your loved ones, your friends, yourself.”

Both of Towns' parents have tested positive. His dad is under quarantine, and his mother is in a medically induced coma.

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Towns, the first overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, thanked the medical staff attending to his mom.

“You are all the true heroes! Praying for all of us at this difficult time,” Towns said.

She kept getting worse. The hospital was doing everything they could. I did everything I could and still am. She wasn’t getting better,” Towns said. “Her fever was never cutting from 103, maybe getting down to 101.9 with the meds and immediately spiking back up during the night. She was very uncomfortable. Her lungs and cough were getting worse. She was deteriorating. We always thought that the next medicine would help. This is one that’s going to get it done. This mixture would get it done.

"They released my dad with mandated quarantine at the house. He’s still there today. But my mom wasn’t allowed to leave. Both of them got tests. Both of them didn’t get results for a long time. We all assumed my mom had COVID-19 due to the symptoms she was having, and she was deteriorating daily.” - Karl-Anthony Towns.

Known as Karl Towns during his high school career, he led Saint Joseph (Metuchen)'s basketball team to state championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014, when he was named the Gatorade Player of the Year. He played a year of college ball at Kentucky before declaring himself eligible for the 2015 NBA draft. He was a unanimous choice for NBA Rookie of the Year and has averaged 22.3 points per game during his 4+ year pro career.