Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic cleared after testing negative for COVID-19, but wasn’t on team’s flight to Orlando

Considering the fact that Utah Jazz heart Rudy Gobert examined favourable for COVID-19 again on March 11, prompting the suspension of the NBA period, dozens of players have unfortunately also come down with the virus. Fortunately none of them have turn out to be very seriously sick, but a few, which includes Spencer Dinwiddie and Taurean Prince, have been pressured to sit out of the league’s system to resume the period at Disney Entire world later on this thirty day period. 

Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic was an additional who examined favourable for the coronavirus, but he will be ready to perform soon after returning many negative exams, both of those in his native Serbia, exactly where he was contaminated, and again in Denver. Although it’s marvelous information that Jokic has been cleared, the timing of the exams meant he was unable to be part of the Nuggets on their flight to Orlando, in accordance to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN:

The Nuggets departed Denver for Orlando on Tuesday, but the staff would not validate who was on the staff flight.

A resource mentioned Jokic is balanced. Having said that, the heart had to create two negative coronavirus exams in Serbia ahead of traveling to the United States. And then he was needed to create two extra negative exams ahead of traveling to Orlando with the staff. A resource mentioned the timing of almost everything manufactured it complicated and also limited of a in shape for Jokic ahead of the staff departed on Tuesday.

Jokic examined favourable for COVID-19 again in June, just a few times soon after he was spotted hanging out with tennis star Novak Djokovic, who also ended up tests favourable. The truth that Jokic is currently balanced is great information, to start with and foremost, just for him and his family’s sake. This virus is incredibly unpredictable, and even with balanced individuals like Jokic, there are no assures. 

So that, of program, is the principal priority, but also from a basketball viewpoint, this is big for the Nuggets. They are in 3rd put in the loaded Western Conference at 43-22 and will will need Jokic working at a large level if they want to increase on final season’s next-spherical playoff exit. 

How Jokic will fare the moment perform starts certainly stays to be witnessed, not just since of his ordeal with the virus and the unusual situations of this bubble, but since he missing a incredible volume of body weight all through the quarantine — so considerably so that he apparently has stomach muscles now, in accordance to Nuggets president Tim Connelly. 

Although acquiring stomach muscles is under no circumstances a poor detail, it will be appealing to see how Jokic fares with a smaller frame. He’s usually been a man that is utilised his bulk to throw opponents close to and carve out space, and he may not be ready to do that to pretty the exact extent anymore.