Rudy Gobert went from hero to villain in the blink of an eye. His reckless behavior and some poor luck made him the first NBA player with Covid-19, thus leading to the suspension of the regular season.
Four months have passed since Gobert first tested positive and he's now fully recovered and joined the Utah Jazz party ahead of the resumption of the season. That's why he opened up on an interview to talk about the symptoms he experienced over the past couple of months:
"I'm feeling good right now. Obviously, the sense of smell is still not back 100% but the taste is back. The smell is back about 80%. Obviously, there's still a lot of things we don't know about the long-term effect of the virus," the French big man said.
Gobert touched a sensitive subject right there. The lack of knowledge regarding the long-term effects of the novel coronavirus is one of the main reasons why several players decided to opt-out of the remainder of the season and preserve their health.
Thus far, the NBA's bubble in Orlando has been a massive success, as no player has tested positive after a couple of testing rounds and it seems like the floor is set for basketball's long-awaited return.
Gobert and his teammate Donovan Mitchell are just two of the few players who tested positive for Covid-19 and attended the bubble. Hopefully, players will behave as expected, not break the rules, and stay safe and healthy for the remainder of the season.
As for the Jazz, they'll definitely need their Defensive Player of the Year to be at his best if they intend to live up to their status of a dark horse in the Western Conference. At the end of the day, it feels like anything can happen this time, and Gobert will definitely try to redeem himself by closing the season on a high note.