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Lynx Mailbag: What's up with Maya -- and will season start on time?


Q: With Maya Moore being successful, can we expect her back any time soon? — @Ordinary_Jeff


A: One of Moore’s goals during her hiatus was the legal case of Jonathan Irons, whose conviction on charges of burglary and assault were overturned by a Missouri judge early this month. It was a huge victory. But the case isn’t over yet.

The state of Missouri could ask for a review in front of an appellate court. If the state doesn’t appeal, St. Charles County also has a period of time to decide whether to retry Irons.

Moore — who already had counted herself out of the upcoming WNBA season and the Olympics (which have subsequently been postponed) — is almost certainly not going to return before 2021 at the earliest.

Q: What is your sense of the chances of a WNBA season this summer? — Multiple readers

A: Add the WNBA to the list, right? A while back, as the NHL and NBA were shutting things down, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert, in a statement, said the league would monitor the situation and come out with some details at the end of this month. Rest assured, the league — and its teams — are looking at every possible scenario.

But the general sense is there will be a season played, in some form, should the situation with the coronavirus improve. At this point, the April 17 draft is still on, though it won’t likely be in the form we’re used to. Athletes will likely not congregate in New York for the televised affair.

And, as Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said this week, teams’ draft rooms might look different. “Will we all be here, or on a conference call because we’re still quarantined?” she said. “I have people who would have to fly here, and I don’t want to put people at risk.”

Wolves' Towns reveals his mother is in hospital battling COVID-19

Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns said his mother is in the hospital and currently in a medically-induced coma as she battles COVID-19, an illness caused by a novel strain of coronavirus.

Towns made the announcement early Wednesday morning on his Instagram page, saying that his mother, Jacqueline Cruz, gradually got worse to the point that doctors put her on a ventilator and eventually induced the coma as she fights the disease.  

“This disease needs not to be taken lightly,” Towns said. “Please protect your families, your loved ones, your friends, yourself. Practice social distancing. Please don’t be in places with a lot of people. … This disease is deadly. We’re going to keep fighting.”

Towns, who came close to crying multiple times in the video, said recently both his mother and father were feeling ill. Both went to the hospital and were tested for coronavirus, but his dad was released and told to quarantine while his mother remained in the hospital.

Towns' agent, Jessica Holtz told ESPN on Wednesday night that Karl Sr. tested positive for COVID-19 and is "recovering well."

A Wolves spokesperson said Towns' mother is hospitalized in New Jersey.

“She just wasn’t getting better,” Towns said. “Her fever wasn’t cutting from 103. It’d maybe go down to 101.9 with the meds then immediately spike back up during the night. She was very uncomfortable. Her lungs were getting worse, cough was getting worse. She was deteriorating in front of our eyes.”

“We always felt the next medicine would help or the next one would help. This is the one that’s going to get it done.”

Towns said he was in communication with his mother daily, and there came a point where it appeared she was finally improving, he said. But then, “things went sideways quick," he said.

“Her lungs were getting worse and she was having trouble breathing,” Towns said. “They were just explaining to me she had to be put on a ventilator. She was getting worse and she was confused by everything and I’m trying to talk to her about everything, encouraging her to stay positive. I talked through everything with her.”

Now, Towns, who donated $100,000 to the Mayo Clinic to help it ramp up its coronavirus testing efforts before his mom fell ill, said he is trying to maintain a positive attitude for himself and his family to get through this ordeal. He wanted to post the video despite his raw emotions to raise awareness of how serious coronavirus could be.

“My mother, she’s the strongest woman I know and I know she’ll beat this,” Towns said. “We’re going to rejoice when she does.”


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