Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, whose COVID-19 diagnosis stunned the world of professional sport near the start of the pandemic, has entered health and safety protocols, the team said on Thursday.
Gobert's March 2020 diagnosis was the first in a series of COVID-19 positives that effectively shut down North American sport.
He tested positive days after infamously touching reporters' microphones at the end of a news conference, emerging as an early cautionary tale of the pandemic.
The twice NBA All-Star was one of 2 players listed as out due to health and safety protocols, according to Thursday's Jazz injury report.
The team are third in the Western Conference, with 28 wins and 10 losses. (Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York; Editing by Ken Ferris)