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Jazz stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell cleared of coronavirus

Jazz stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz and Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz celebrate after a win against the Dallas Mavericks on January 25, 2020 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Jazz stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell began a wave of NBA players testing positive for coronavirus.

Now comes the next – much more welcome welcome – step: NBA players recovering from coronavirus.

Pistons big Christian Wood was the first revealed. Now, Gobert and Mitchell follow.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated:

This is great news – and expected. Gobert and Mitchell, like most NBA players, are young and healthy. Mitchell was asymptomatic. There are far graver concerns for other segments of the population as coronavirus spreads.

Thankfully, Gobert and Mitchell got tested quickly, limiting their exposure to other people. They’ve been isolating since being diagnosed. That’s why testing is so important in curbing the spread of coronavirus.

A rift between Mitchell and Gobert still lingers. Mitchell said it took him a while to cool off toward Gobert. Getting cleared will likely be another step toward reconnecting with Gobert, who has publicly apologized for his actions. I suspect time will heal this wound, but it’s difficult to predict how much time.