Agent believes Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell aren’t only players with coronavirus
After Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was revealed to be the first NBA player to test positive for the novel coronavirus strain, it was no surprise that a teammate of his — fellow All-Star Donovan Mitchell — would be the next in line to have one as well.
But according to an NBA agent, it’s only the two Jazz stars that are confirmed to have it and he strongly suspects that some may have it too and we’ll likely find out in the coming days. Per Ben Golliver of the Washington Post:
“In my opinion, [Gobert and Mitchell] aren’t the only two guys in the NBA with coronavirus,” one agent said. “They’re just the only two who have tested positive so far.”
It’s unclear where Gobert caught the virus although in Mitchell’s case, he was right next to the Frenchman’s locker and the big man has been lackadaisical when it comes to handling the guard’s personal items and his own personal hygiene. This prompted Mitchell to fire not-so-veiled shots at the reigning Defensive Player of the Year on his Instagram post.
Nonetheless, the five teams the Jazz went up against during the incubation period of Gobert’s illness — namely the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, and Toronto Raptors — were advised to self-quarantine.
“We had a team meeting earlier this week where we essentially tried to scare the players s—less,” one executive said. “It worked. They were pretty scared when they [heard about Gobert], but they understood what it meant and that it could happen to anyone.”
So far, in the first day of the NBA’s suspension, no one else has yet to test positive for the virus but that will certainly change quickly considering the number of players and officials the Jazz All-Star has come into contact with.