Detroit Pistons power forward Christian Wood was the third player in the NBA to be diagnosed with COVID-19 back on March 14. Thankfully, Wood has fully recovered from the illness as of March 25, but the time leading up to his positive test was crazy—just ask former Washington Wizard, now Piston, Jordan McRae.
"Me and Christian [Wood] actually went out to eat that night and he was fine, he was good," McRae told NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller on the latest episode of the Wizards Talk podcast. "We had practice the next day, he was fine. Then before the [Sixers] game, he was like 'Yo, I don't really feel good, I might not play.'"
"We all gave him a hard time like, 'Yo, we have Joel Embiid tonight and now you out sick? You don't want to play.'"
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The grief must've gotten to Wood because he decided to suit up and ended up having a career night vs. Philadelphia with 32 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.
"The doctors gave him some medicine and stuff and he was cool," McRae continued. "I think he had 32 and 14, he played good."
"After the game, we got on the bus to leave the arena but they then made us all get off the bus and told us 'Rudy Gobert tested positive.' So we came home, all got tested, and they told us we had to be quarantined for 14 days."
All athletes had similar questions when they were told to self-quarantine for two weeks. For McRae, because his living arrangement was unique due to being freshly claimed off waivers by the Pistons on March 4, it was simple:
"'Can I go home?" McRae said. "I was in a hotel, it was nice but at the end of the day, it's still four walls. I'm going to be here for 14 days?"
"They ended up getting me an apartment," McRae said. "But for 14 days I wound up buying an Xbox. I don't play [NBA] 2K but ended up playing 2k half of the time. It was tough. I played an 82 game season, the playoffs and the championship in three days."
This hiatus from basketball also has McRae participating in other uncharacteristic activities just to stay in shape and entertained.
"I just bought a Peloton bike," McRae said. "I'm not a fan of exercise bikes and treadmills because I always play, but now I find myself doing things I don't normally do.
"I watch my highlights, I can tell you on some of my highlights what happens before it happens."
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