Coronavirus: Rudy Gobert issues statement, apologizes for being careless

Coronavirus: Rudy Gobert issues statement, apologizes for being careless

Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus Wednesday night, which resulted in the NBA suspending the season.

On Thursday afternoon, he posted the following message on Instagram:

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I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of concern and support over the last 24 hours. I have gone through so many emotions since learning of my diagnosis…mostly fear, anxiety, and embarrassment. The first and most important thing is I would like to publicly apologize to the people that I may have endangered. At the time, I had no idea I was even infected. I was careless and make no excuse. I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously. I will do whatever I can to support using my experience as way to educate others and prevent the spread of this virus . I am under great care and will fully recover. Thank you again for all your support. I encourage everyone to take all of the steps to stay safe and healthy. Love.

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Gobert's teammate, Donovan Mitchell, tested positive Thursday morning. And as ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported:

Jazz players are privately saying that Gobert showed a cavalier attitude toward the virus in the locker room, touching teammates and their belongings.

On Monday, Gobert essentially mocked the panic surrounding the spread of the virus:

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At this point, Gobert and Mitchell are the only two confirmed cases among NBA players.

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Warriors players join Juan Toscano-Anderson's Oakland protest Saturday

Warriors players join Juan Toscano-Anderson's Oakland protest Saturday

Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson is on a mission.

The Oakland native is organizing peaceful "Black Lives Matter" protests in an effort to unite the Bay Area community against racial injustices.

On Saturday, Toscano-Anderson's second "Walking in Unity" march took place in Oakland, and several of his Warriors teammates showed up alongside him.

Warriors guard Damion Lee and center Marquese Chriss joined Toscano-Anderson on the march from the Frank H. Ogawa Plaza to the Lake Merritt Amphitheater.

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East Bay hip-hop artist P-Lo even turned out to support the cause.

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Elsewhere in the Bay Area, Steph and Ayesha Curry were in attendance at the "Black Lives Matter" march in Palo Alto, and they brought their daughter, Riley.

Earlier this week, Curry and teammate Klay Thompson took part in Toscano-Anderson's first march in Oakland, and their attendance meant a lot to the young Warrior.

“It meant a lot just because I know someone in my work profession has my back,” Toscano-Anderson said told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock. “I know it’s tough when you in a position like Steph’s, I don’t want to say it’s hard but it's a thin line you have to watch where you walk. It definitely made me feel good to see somebody of his caliber and his notoriety here. It’s a pretty cool feeling.”

Protests have been happening nationwide for almost two weeks in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minnesota.

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NBA rumors: Warriors would draft Anthony Edwards if they pick No. 1

NBA rumors: Warriors would draft Anthony Edwards if they pick No. 1

The Warriors reportedly haven't spoken to top NBA draft prospect Anthony Edwards on Zoom yet, but that doesn't mean they aren't interested in the Georgia product.

On Aug. 25, the Warriors will find out where they will pick when the NBA draft lottery is held. If the odds fall in their favor, Edwards could be a Warrior.

The San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau reported Saturday, citing sources, that if the Warriors landed the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, and decide to keep it, they will take Edwards.

"Sources have indicated to The Chronicle that if the Warriors land the No. 1 pick and decide not to trade down, they’ll likely take Georgia guard Anthony Edwards," Letourneau wrote.

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But what if they don't get the No. 1 pick?

"If Golden State lands anywhere between Nos. 2 and No. 5, it’ll strongly consider Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton, Auburn’s Isaac Okoro and Israel’s Deni Avdija, among others," Letourneau wrote.

In NBC Sports California's NBA Mock Draft 8.0, Insider James Ham has Avdija going No. 5 overall, Okoro going No. 7 overall and Haliburton going No. 8 overall.

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Ham currently has the Warriors picking Dayton's Obi Toppin at No. 3 overall.

With the 2020 NBA Draft not happening until Oct. 15, the Warriors have plenty of time to put together their big board of top prospects and devise scenarios depending on where they fall in the top five.