Utah Jazz Center Rudy Gobert tested positive on COVID-19 and entered the league’s health and safety protocols.
Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for coronavirus on March 11, 2020, and his positive test led to an immediate suspension of the NBA season.
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Utah has been one of the happiest teams so far this season and has managed to avoid any major disruption to its team through health and safety protocols, but now two players are missing – Australian Joe Ingles also entered the protocols on Tuesday.
Prior to Ingles’ placement, Jazz was the only NBA team not to have a protocol player this season.
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All 29 other teams had one player who was suspended during the epidemic sometime in the last three weeks due to COVID-19, many of whom placed more than 10 players on this list.
Gobert was at the center of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 and made headlines when, just days before the positive test, he put his hands on the reporters’ voicemails and microphones before leaving the room.
“That it’s from good intentions,” Gobert said, wanting people to know about the incident. “It was the first day we found out that the media wouldn’t be able to talk to us right next to us, and, you know, we obviously didn’t know as much as we know now, and I just knew we’d try to revive the mood a bit. It was, of course, if I could go back in time, I wouldn’t do it. ”
A few days later he had a positive test and the season was suspended. After two years, the league is experiencing a sharp rise in cases, as many franchises are struggling just to have enough players to adapt. Teams can sign players under a hardship exception – a hardship exception is a temporary place on the roster that allows teams to exceed the 15-roster limit at the time of need (multiple players are out due to injury or illness), but signatures are only temporary until they have enough players again to adapt.
Gobert has an average of 15.5 points and 15.1 rebounds in 37 matches so far during the season.
Utah (28-10) will face the Raptors in Toronto on Friday.