Sad news came today, with Wolves guard Ricky Rubio's mother Tona Vives passing away at age 56 after battling lung cancer.
The family released this statement:
"Tona was our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend. How she impacted all our lives will never be forgotten. While we mourn the loss of an incredible woman, we also celebrate her remarkable life."
Services will be held Friday in Barcelona, Spain.
Here is a statement from the team:
"The Timberwolves organization is deeply saddened to learn of the passing today of Tona Vives, Ricky Rubio's mother. The Timberwolves send our condolences to the Vives and Rubio families in this difficult time.''
Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.