It was late last month that Denver Nuggets All-Star center Nikola Jokic announced that he had contracted COVID-19.
In darn good physical shape and in the prime of his career, there was little concern about the big man. Though, we now have official word on Jokic’s status heading into the restart of the 2019-20 NBA season in about two weeks.
Nikola Jokic cleared from quarantine after beating coronavirus
This is no small thing for the Nuggets. They’ll resume their season Aug. 1 boasting a 43-22 record and as the third seed in the Western Conference. With eight regular-season games remaining until the start of the playoffs, Denver has an opportunity to beat out the Los Angeles Clippers for the second seed in the conference.
Nikola Jokic is healthy and in better shape
Prior to it being noted that the two-time All-Star had contracted COVID-19, it seemed like he as in much better shape than before the season was suspended. Jokic seemed to struggle with conditioning before the hiatus.
Despite this, the skilled 25-year-old big man is averaging 20.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists on the season.
Denver is slated to resume its season Aug. 1 against the Miami Heat before taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder in what could be a playoff preview a couple days later.
Denver Nuggets schedule
- Aug. 1: Miami Heat
- Aug. 3: Oklahoma City Thunder
- Aug. 5: San Antonio Spurs
- Aug. 6: Portland Trail Blazers
- Aug. 8: Utah Jazz
- Aug. 10: Los Angeles Lakers
- Aug. 12: Los Angeles Clippers
- Aug. 14: Toronto Raptors
Jokic should be good to go. That’s great news for Denver as the team renews its push for a championship.