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Mo Bamba clarifies he’s not a ‘COVID long-hauler’

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Orlando Magic big man Mo Bamba was just one of the myriad of NBA players who tested positive for COVID-19 during the build-up to the season restart. It has now been half a year since the 22-year-old got cleared of the coronavirus, but unfortunately for him, he is still forced to battle the stigma of the dreaded disease to this very day.

What Bamba wants to clear up is that right now, he’s just as healthy as any other player in the NBA:

“I guess the one thing that I will clear up is that I’m seeing in a lot of places that I’m a COVID long-hauler,” Bamba said in an exclusive interview with Josh Robbins of The Athletic. “I just want to clarify that I’m not. I haven’t felt any symptoms since the summer — in fact, June. But we all know that it takes a toll on conditioning, and I just want everybody to know that I’m working my ass off to get back in peak shape. I think I’m getting pretty close. Literally every day is valuable towards this. But definitely, I’ve been working.”

There have been some rumors about Bamba’s fitness concerns at this point in the offseason, which for others, could be one of the long-term manifestations of COVID-19. Nonetheless, the former sixth overall pick is adamant that he is going to return to form sooner rather than later.

There’s no denying that the coronavirus took its toll on Mo Bamba, but at this point, there appears to be no signs that should lead us to believe that the Magic talent won’t make a full recovery in the near future.