In the following months, the microphone that Rudy Gobert encountered in March last year was criticized countless times.
The Utah Jazz big man was even partly blamed because the NBA season was temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, more than nine months later, as the Jazz enters the 2020-21 season, Gobert is still working to ensure that people know why he was joking about the coronavirus pandemic that day.
“This is out of goodwill,” Gobert told ESPN on Thursday. “This is the first day, we found that the media could not interview us next to us, and, you know, we obviously do not know as much as we know now, and I just managed to make the emotions more active.
“Of course, if I could go back in time, then I wouldn’t do it.”
Rudy Gobert’s positive test leads to NBA suspension
At the end of the interview, Gobert jokingly touched every microphone and recording device in front of him. According to reports, Gobert was also repeatedly exposed to players and their belongings in the locker room-it was not going well.
A few days later, he tested positive for the coronavirus again, which prompted the league to suspend the game almost immediately on March 11.
“It’s great for the NBA to react so quickly because there are only thousands of people next to each other in a closed space, and getting more people to test positive at the same time is really the smartest thing. Try to save As many lives as possible,” Gobert said via ESPN.
As the first person in the coalition to contract the coronavirus at the beginning of the pandemic in the United States, Gobert was afraid.
He said through ESPN: “It’s just all the unknown-many things, and many more. We don’t know about this virus, and at that time even less.” “As the first professional NBA player to test positive, I Thought of a lot of thoughts. All you know is to look at things and wonder if you will get better, if you will not. Think of my family with whom I cannot be with me. There was a lot to deal with at the time.
“But once I can sit down and realize that it’s not just me, the whole world is going through that, some people have lost their jobs, they have lost family members… I mean, it’s difficult for all of us time.”
“Hope we will turn the corner soon”
Gobert is now in a better place.
Not only did he restore his health, but he also restored his health, and he signed a five-year, $205 million contract with the Jazz this week, the largest deal in NBA history.
In Wednesday’s game against the Trail Blazers, he dropped 20 points to 120-100 and scored 17 rebounds.
However, the coronavirus pandemic is still raging across the country. According to the New York Times, there were more than 213,000 new cases every day in the past week and more than 2,600 deaths every day.
Naturally, the coronavirus is still a problem that Gobert has been thinking about.
He said through ESPN: “I think everyone in the world now has this word in their minds.” “You know, this is what we hear every day. It does affect our lives indirectly or directly. So this is What we are going through now, hope we can turn the corner soon.”
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