Rudy Gobert goes in-depth on his positive COVID-19 test | NBA on ESPN

published on July 23, 2020

We're now in july how are you doing i'm doing good you know i'm in a much better place both physically and mentally you know kind of a little excited to get back out there after all these interesting months that's been behind us

So it's uh it's good to be back what was it like like for you when said to you that you tested positive do you remember that i mean i remember it's almost like i was kind of disbelief

Because i really didn't think that i i can't i could have it you know it was a uh i was kind of surprised to be honest because just by the

Symptoms that i had you know for me it was just regularly look like a small cold and then i tested positive and then then a few days later i started to have like different symptoms that came

So like the loss of loss of smell of taste and that kind of stuff and that's when uh i realized that it wasn't just a regular cold yeah you said that like i was gonna ask

You what were your symptoms at first it was just normal cough i just had one day of like fever the day so the day the day when we left to

Oklahoma city that's when i had a you know a little cold um like i had a thousand times in my life and i what i usually do is uh you know uh i drink my tea in the morning and just

Go to the gym and uh i'm kind of like sweat it out and you know and usually a few hours later i'm i'm fine and uh and uh that night we got to okc i tested the for the flu and some other

Viruses and they came out negative so that's when the the training staff decided to test me for the government you said to me that it was scary what was the scariest part for you

I think the unknown you know and see what was going on you know i i look into a lot of stuff uh uh i'm very curious about a lot of stuff and uh you know i know people are kind of like different places in the world so

I was kind of talking with people in italy talking with people in france even in china and uh you know try to find as much information as i could to

To try to help myself you know try to see what can i do to make to make it better to kind of cure myself and uh all while being away from my family because my family was stuck in france

And uh my mom was by herself in france you know uh she was really worried about me and she couldn't come over so and i didn't want her to come over and once i tested positive

And you were saying how like you would go to sleep and be worried am i gonna wake up because there was so much we didn't know especially when you know when we found out that you had young people that

Had almost no symptoms they were getting having strokes you know that's when i when i read the article my heart kind of locked a little bit i was like that was a little scary but you know uh

I'm glad that i had people around me that were supporting me and uh and you know i'm i'm glad that i'm in a much better space now when you look back and think about the fact that it was

It was when you tested positive that sports shutdown kind of the world turned upside down uh not that you did anything but you were the guy that everyone remembers as being that catalyst for whoa wait we

Have to stop everything has to stop what do you think about that i mean uh my positive test was kind of the the domino that made you know adam silver and

And then all the other sports league to kind of shut down i mean european football leagues already shut down a few days before that but uh in america in north america like that was the first

You know domino to fall and you know i think a lot of guys you know probably had it before but you know i was the first to test positive and i think that was a good start that was a good sign

That was like the red light for the nba to say that we gotta stop this you know we can prevent many lives from being affected from this so let's stop it now and see what happens how long before you

Start to feel better i think has my mind starting to feel better my body started to feel better too and uh probably before i was like way better probably

Two months you know but i didn't have no fever i didn't have no i didn't go to the hospital or nothing i think it was just those those you know seeing all these articles

And maybe i should have stayed away from that you know but like talking to two people that had you know their families affected to and try to you know be positive and

It was a it was a tough experience but you know like i said i'm i'm glad that i had the right people around me and uh and that i'm healthy today and when the nba said that they were going to

Restart why did you want to play you know i was questioning that for a while and the good thing is i had a lot of time to we had a lot of time to think that through

And you know like he's he's basketball really in portland at this moment when every all that all that is going on and not just the covet but you know social justice justice and everything that's going on and

And then when you think about it you realize that you know it's also a good opportunity for us to use our platforms and and also like we said you know

With all the money that's that's been made not just for us but for the owners for everyone there's a lot of good things to do for our communities and you know when i really thought about

That uh it made me feel more confident about going back out there and and play do you have any concerns at all for your health to go out and play specifically

Regarding kovac regarding coverage i get it again i mean i've been through it once so if i get it again it's almost like you know uh i mean first of all we still i feel like we still don't know

If it's a chronic disease or if it's a disease that just goes away and you can maybe get it again a few years later maybe a few months later on just never so we just i feel like this is still very unclear

But now i'm i would say that i'm taking all the precautions uh necessary to kind of protect myself my family and others but at the same time you know uh i think the most important thing is to

Be in your right mindset and not be fearful of you know of that if you take the necessary precautions you

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