Jazz' Rudy Gobert against Raptors Serge Ibaka
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Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert became the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19 back on March 11. It ultimately forced the league to suspend its season amid the pandemic.

With the NBA set to return, Gobert is talking about his bout with the virus and how he’s become the poster boy for COVID-19 around the sports world.

Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert still not recovered from COVID-19

“The taste has returned, but the smell is still not 100%. I can smell the smells, but not from afar. I spoke to specialists, who told me that it could take up to a year,” Gobert wrote in a column for L’Equipe.

A lot of the focus has been on the recovery rate for able-bodied and younger individuals who contract the virus. Though, there remains long-term health ramifications. Gobert’s might not be as severe, but it does tell us a story.

Drama between Rudy Gobert and teammates

Once Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 on March 11, other members of the team were tested. Star teammate Donovan Mitchell contracted the virus. It has led to a contentious relationship between the two — one that some close to the situation feel can’t be mended. Whether that remains the case moving forward remains to be seen.

2019-20 NBA season set to resume on July 30

The league released its schedule for the remainder of the regular season on Friday. It’s expected to start late next month at Walt Disney World in Orlando. This, despite the face that the state of Florida just saw its highest single-day cases of COVID-19 on Friday with nearly 9,000.

There’s legitimate concerns from some players about resuming the season during the raging pandemic. Gobert’s story will only add to that.