THE J0KER wrote:Two big stars who suffered COVID19 right before the bubble part of the season started last summer were Westbrook and Jokic. Westbrook was bad in a bubble and played some of his worst basketball in 1st round of the playoff with painful TS%, while Jokic rebounding skills collapsed and in 1st round of the playoff it is actually Jamal Murray who lead the Nuggets (but already in September vs Clippers and Lakers Jokic looks physically much better). Another interesting case from Denver is the case of Michael Porter jr from this season. His numbers before COVID was 20-7-2 TS%69% (3p%42%), then he missed 3 weeks due to COVID19 (10 games), and in 1st month after a comeback (between January 22 and February 22, 16 games) he averages 13-6-1 TS%57% (3p%36%), and since that he is 22-9-1 TS%69% (3p%48%) which means 1st month after comeback can be very problematic even for players reported that have asymptotic/light version of COVID19. But on the positive side we see in all these three cases I mentioned no such thing as "long symptoms" and Westbrook, Jokic, and Porter recovered their game on pre-COVID level (and ever improved) in less than 2-3 months!
In the end, I will report one basketball case from here (Belgrade, Serbia) from last summer not connected with NBA but still gets world attention. Red Star Belgrade player from Nigeria Michael Ojo (former college player of Florida State) has COVID19 with hard symptoms, hospitalized, and recovered. Trying to back in full shape ASAP to be ready to sign a new contract he ignored all doctors' advice to wait couple more weeks before the start of any pro-level practicing and unfortunately literally died on practice court due to a heart attack at the age of 27!
To add to Westbrook, he's usually an iron man. He got a quad injury around August 2020, in the bubble appeared to not have recovered and busted his other quad until around Feb 2021 - don't know if it's related.
So sad to hear about what happened to Michael Ojo. COVID sucks - add to it the rampant misinformation and people who belittle the virus. I recently had a bout with COVID too, and unfortunately my entire business was affected. Worse, my employees - who believe our idiot President's statements - became worse COVID deniers, after contracting mild/asymptomatic cases.
Anyway, I have some weird long COVID symptoms. One of which is when I shower, my fingers/skin feel like I've been swimming for hours. It's really amazing to see how these greats athletes, not only fully recover, but continue their upward trajectory just after recovering.