Utah Jazz stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell are two of three NBA players to have tested positive for the coronavirus. Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood is the other.
Gobert became the first NBA player to test positive for the virus last week. He’s since been criticized for his careless behavior around reporters and inside the locker room.
Mitchell appeared on Good Morning America on Monday morning to discuss his health status. He was also asked about Gobert.
The All-Star guard said that he is feeling pretty good. He thinks he could even play in an NBA game if he had to.
“I’m fine, things are going well, I’m just in isolation,” Mitchell said Monday morning. “No fever, no symptoms as of right now and I’m thankful to be okay. Biggest thing for me is keeping to myself. I have no symptoms, which is a unique situation. I keep making the joke, if you told me to play a seven-game series tomorrow, I’d be willing to lace up.”
Donovan Mitchell says he doesn’t have any clear coronavirus symptoms and feels like he could play in a 7-game series tomorrow:
“If it wasn’t public knowledge that I was sick, you wouldn’t know it. And that’s the scariest part of this virus.”
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 16, 2020
Mitchell was then asked about his feelings toward Gobert. He admitted there was some anger at first.
“It took awhile for me to cool off,” Mitchell said. “I read what he said. I’m just really happy it’s two of us and not the whole party, the whole team. Neither him or I have children at home. I’m glad we were able to contain it as much as possible.”
Gobert publicly apologized for his actions in a post on Instagram.
“I was careless and make no excuse. I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously. I will do whatever I can to support using my experience as way to educate others and prevent the spread of this virus,” he wrote.
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I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of concern and support over the last 24 hours. I have gone through so many emotions since learning of my diagnosis…mostly fear, anxiety, and embarrassment. The first and most important thing is I would like to publicly apologize to the people that I may have endangered. At the time, I had no idea I was even infected. I was careless and make no excuse. I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously. I will do whatever I can to support using my experience as way to educate others and prevent the spread of this virus . I am under great care and will fully recover. Thank you again for all your support. I encourage everyone to take all of the steps to stay safe and healthy. Love.
Mitchell and Gobert have been teammates since the 2017-18 season.