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Rudy Gobert can’t smell properly after contracting virus in March

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Rudy Gobert can't smell properly after contracting virus in March

It’s been more than three months since Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert contracted the novel coronavirus, but he still hasn’t completely regained his sense of smell.

"The taste has returned but the smell is still not 100 percent," the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year told the French newspaper L’Equipe, which published his quotes Wednesday. "I can smell the smells but not from afar. I spoke to specialists who told me it could take up to a year."

Gobert told the paper he still feels "strange things" but doesn’t know whether that’s attributable to lingering effects from the virus or the time that has elapsed since he last played a game. "I’m starting to train thoroughly," Gobert said. "I still haven’t played five-on-five but I train individually. I do boxing, swimming, I run in the mountains. Today I would not say that I feel more tired than before. But I had experiences a month-and-a-half ago, which scared me. I felt like ants in my toes and wondered what it could be. There were quite a few little things like that."

Gobert reported losing his sense of smell days after testing positive for the coronavirus on March 11. His positive test led to the postponement of the Jazz’s game that night against the Thunder in Oklahoma City. The NBA suspended its season hours later.

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The 28-year-old received backlash over mockingly touching reporters’ microphones two days before his positive test. Days later, he pledged $500,000 to employee-related relief efforts connected to the coronavirus pandemic.

"There was a lot of fear," Gobert told the French newspaper Le Parisien on Tuesday. "The NBA was waiting for […]

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