NBA: Jazz's Gobert says he's 'feeling a little better'

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Posted at Mar 16 2020 09:16 AM

NBA: Jazz's Gobert says he's 'feeling a little better' 1
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) takes a shot during pregame warmups prior to the game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. File Photo. Andy Marlin, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert said Sunday he is "feeling a little better" in a video updating his status since testing positive for the coronavirus.

"I'm going to start by saying thank you to all the people that have been supportive and for all the positive energy. It really means a lot," he said in a video posted on the Twitter feed. 

"As for myself, I've been feeling a little better every single day thanks to the health care people of Utah and Oklahoma City and all the great people around me."

Gobert, 27, was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, prompting the league to suspend its regular season indefinitely, just minutes after the Jazz and Thunder were set to tip off in Oklahoma City. He since has apologized for acting carelessly before learning of the diagnosis.

Jazz teammate and fellow All-Star Donovan Mitchell tested positive on Thursday.

In the video clip, Gobert asked viewers to wash their hands frequently and to avoid "making unnecessary contact with people."

"It's all about protecting yourself and the people around you," Gobert said. "I wish I would have took this thing more seriously, and I hope everyone else is going to do so because we can do it together. Take care and stay safe."

On Saturday, Gobert pledged to donate a total of $500,000 for arena employees in Utah and Oklahoma City, as well as overall COVID-19 relief in his home country of France.

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