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Danilo Gallinari believes Rudy Gobert was unfairly criticized after positive COVID-19 test

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Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Danilo Gallinari believes Utah Jazz All-Star center Rudy Gobert was unfairly criticized after his positive COVID-19 test.

Gobert was the first player in the NBA to test positive for COVID-19. NBA Twitter was pretty ruthless toward the big man since he jokingly touched a bunch of reporters’ mics and then got sick a few days later, eventually getting the coronavirus.

However, Gallinari thinks the hate Gobert was receiving was too harsh.

“I think so. Like you said, I’m glad that he’s feeling better and Donovan is feeling better too,” the Thunder wing told Ros Gold-Onwude.

“But at the beginning, of course. Also, you know, I saw that video where Rudy was touching those microphones in the media room. But maybe him and all the other players, they didn’t know how bad the coronavirus could be. So yes, I think the critics was too much at the beginning.”

Everyone is glad to hear that both Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell are doing better. And yes, NBA twitter may have been too hard on Gobert at first. However, it doesn’t excuse his behavior.

Danilo Gallinari and the Thunder all tested negative for the virus despite being exposed to it on the night the NBA was suspended. The Jazz and Thunder were supposed to play in OKC before the game was called off.

Gobert, as fans might recall, had a fever of over 100 before the game was supposed to be played.

The Thunder were in fifth place in the Western Conference standings before the 2019-20 season was suspended. OKC had a record of 40-24.