Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert worked out Tuesday for the first time since he became the first NBA player to test positive for the coronavirus two weeks ago.
Gobert, who was cleared of the illness on Friday, shared to Instagram photos and a video of him throwing boxing punches with a trainer and the caption, “Back at it.”
The 27-year-old and two-time Defensive Player of the Year tested positive for the virus on March 11, which led the NBA and eventually other professional leagues and NCAA tournaments to suspend or cancel events due to the outbreak.
There were 10 known cases of coronavirus in the NBA as of Tuesday, though Gobert, teammate Donovan Mitchell, Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart and two unidentified Lakers players publicly have been cleared. (While the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 — HIPAA — laws protect the privacy of medical records, some players like Smart and Nets star Kevin Durant have come forward to reveal their diagnosis, whereas Wood was ticked off after his name leaked to the media.)
The 7-foot-1, 245-pound Gobert caught a lot of flack following his diagnosis after video shot days earlier showed him touching reporters’ microphones, as if to make light of the precautions that were being taken against the coronavirus at the time.
Gobert later apologized, saying he was “careless” and wished he had taken it “more seriously.” He then donated $500,000, which was to be split between out-of-work, part-time arena employees in Utah with the NBA currently on hiatus.
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