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Nuggets coach Michael Malone says he had coronavirus, ‘kicked its butt’

Nuggets coach Michael Malone

DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 4: Michael Malone of the Denver Nuggets laughs after joking with Terry Stotts of the Portland Trail Blazers during the first quarter on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

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The Nuggets revealed a member of their organization was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 19.

That wasn’t Denver coach Michael Malone, but he says he contracted and recovered from coronavirus – and indicated even more members of the Nuggets organization got it.

Malone said he began feeling ill around March 20 but no test was available. Around Memorial Day Weekend, he underwent antibody testing, which revealed he previously had coronavirus.

Michael Spencer of CBS Denver:


It was really interesting how some people on our team, on our staff and on our travel party got it – and even within my own household, how that works.
I like to say that I got coronavirus and I kicked its butt. I was able to survive, thank goodness.

I’m not sure we have an accurate scope of how many people within the NBA had/have coronavirus. That could change as the league ramps up testing in conjunction with resuming play.

But, thankfully (hopefully?), these stories remaining private so long is probably because the cases didn’t become serious enough to warrant greater attention.