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Donovan Mitchell tests positive for coronavirus; Jazz note Rudy Gobert’s carelessness

Jazz stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 06: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz and Rudy Gobert #27 talk against the New Orleans Pelicans during a game at the Smoothie King Center on January 06, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

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Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus.


That was a big warning signing about how far this might have spread within the league. Now, Gobert’s Jazz teammate, Donovan Mitchell, has also tested positive for coronavirus.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Athletic:

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Mitchell and Gobert were the only members of the franchise to test positive for the virus:

Jazz release:

As a follow-up to yesterday’s positive COVID-19 test, Oklahoma health officials tested all members of the Utah Jazz traveling party, confirming one additional positive outcome for a Jazz player. We are working closely with the CDC, Oklahoma and Utah state officials, and the NBA to monitor their health and determine the best path moving forward.

The good news: Otherwise-healthy young people like Gobert and Mitchell have generally survived the coronavirus without serious issues.

The concern is the virus spreading, especially to more at-risk populations. Containing the virus through measures like self-isolation is the key to protecting those people.

Late last night, ESPN showed Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson – who had been quarantined in the visitors’ locker room in Oklahoma City – wandering toward the court. When they saw the camera, Mitchell and Clarkson turned back.

Mitchell eventually left the arena on a team bus. Royce Young of ESPN:

Who else was on that bus?

Even when people take general precautions, it’s still hard enough to stop the spread of coronavirus – especially in a contact sport like basketball. When people go out of their way to touch others…

How strong is the Jazz’s resentment toward Gobert? That it’s leaking publicly is a big indicator. Minor dismay, especially as Gobert still deals with his own positive test, would be kept private. This has obviously risen to a higher level of animosity.