It took Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell “a while to cool off” after he contracted the coronavirus from teammate Rudy Gobert.
In a video interview Monday with Good Morning America, Mitchell, the second NBA player to test positive for COVID-19, implied that he and Gobert haven’t spoken.
Gobert and Mitchell sat next to each other on the team plane and Gobert has since opened up about being careless by not taking the virus seriously, jokingly touching reporters’ microphones after an interview prior to knowing he had the virus.
In response to a question from ABC interviewer Robin Roberts, Mitchell took a big picture perspective.
“I read what (Gobert) said, heard what he said,” Mitchell said. “Glad he’s doing okay, glad I’m doing well. I’m just really happy that it was only two of us. It wasn’t the rest of the (team). Neither him or I have children at home. I know some teammates who have children at home, some staff who have children at home. I’m glad we were able to contain it as much as possible.”
Gobert’s positive test catalyzed the suspension of the NBA’s regular season. The NBA was the first professional league to shut down, creating a domino effect with other pro leagues suspending play and prompting the NCAA to cancel all winter and spring sports.
Mitchell strongly punctuated the point that a person doesn’t have to be showing symptoms to be diagnosed, calling that “the scariest part about this virus.”
“I’m fine. Things are going well, just in isolation. No fever, no symptoms. Blessed to okay,” Mitchell said. “If you were to tell me you have to play in a seven-game series tomorrow, I’m ready to lace ’em up.
“I don’t have any symptoms. If it wasn’t public knowledge that I was sick, you wouldn’t know it. …You may seem fine, be fine, you never know who you may be talking to who you might be going home to.”