Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone revealed he tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after the NBA season was suspended. Malone told CBS4 that he didn't find out he tested positive until months later.
“On March 20 I started not feeling well,” Malone said. “We reached out to our team doctors to see if I could get a test, but unfortunately at that time there were no tests available. I only found out after the fact. I was able to get an antibody test probably right around Memorial Day weekend and not surprisingly our team doctor called up that weekend and told me I tested positive.”
Malone wasn't the only person of the Nuggets organization that tested positive for COVID-19. In March, the Nuggets announced a member of the organization tested positive for COVID-19; however, they didn't announce the name of the member. The team said the member started showing symptoms on March 16 and test results came back positive on March 19.
“It's interesting on some people on our team, traveling party and staff got it,” Malone said. “I hope going to Orlando will be a safe environment and we can limit the amount of people who get it. I like to say that I got coronavirus and I kicked it's butt.”
Recently, the NBA Board of Governors today approved a competitive format to restart the 2019-20 season at the Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, for the Nuggets and the other 21 teams which qualified. The NBA is working with public health experts and government officials to establish a rigorous program to prevent the risk of COVID-19.