Jazz center Rudy Gobert tests positive for COVID-19, enters health and safety protocols

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Written By Nick Metallinos

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Utah Jazz halfway Rudy Gobert has tested affirmative for COVID-19, entering the league's Health and Safety Protocols. 

Gobert was the archetypal NBA subordinate to trial affirmative for the Coronavirus connected March 11, 2020, with his affirmative trial resulting in an contiguous suspension of the NBA season. 

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Utah had been 1 of the much fortunate teams truthful acold this play and had managed to debar immoderate large disruptions to their squad done Health and Safety Protocols, but present person 2 players absent - Australian Joe Ingles besides entered protocols connected Tuesday.

Prior to Ingles' placement, the Jazz had been the lone NBA squad yet to person a subordinate successful protocols this season.

MORE: Full database of players successful wellness and information protocols

All 29 different teams had 1 subordinate sidelined by COVID-19 astatine immoderate constituent successful the past 3 weeks during this outbreak, galore of them placing much than 10 players connected that list.

Gobert was astatine the halfway of the COVID-19 outbreak successful 2020, and helium made headlines erstwhile conscionable days earlier investigating affirmative helium placed his hands crossed reporters' dependable recorders and microphones earlier exiting the room. 

"That it came from a bully intention," Gobert said helium wanted radical to cognize astir the incident. "It was the archetypal time that we recovered retired that the media was not going to beryllium capable to interrogation us, close adjacent to us, and, you know, we evidently didn't cognize arsenic overmuch arsenic we cognize now, and I lone did that to effort to liven the temper a small bit. It was, of course, if I could spell backmost successful time, I wouldn't bash it." 

Days aboriginal helium tested affirmative and the play was suspended. Two years on, the league is experiencing a surge successful cases, arsenic galore franchises conflict conscionable to person capable players disposable to suit up. Teams are capable to motion players nether the hardship objection - the hardship exemption is simply a impermanent roster spot that allows teams to transcend the 15-man roster bounds successful times of request (multiple players being retired due to the fact that of wounded oregon illness), but the signings are lone impermanent until they erstwhile again person capable players to suit up. 

Gobert is averaging 15.5 points, 15.1 rebounds successful 37 games truthful acold this season. 

Utah (28-10) volition look the Raptors successful Toronto connected Friday. 

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