Fred VanVleet has been hugging a lot lately for the simple fact that he is excited to know the worst of his COVID-19 experience is now over.
For the Toronto Raptors, that news could not come quickly enough.
VanVleet և three other Raptors: Pascal Siakam, Malachi Flynn և Patrick McCaw, missed more than two weeks on Tuesday due to virus-related issues and returned to training with the team. Siakam, Flynn և McCaw are suspected of playing in Detroit on Wednesday; VanVleet և OG Anunoby are likely to miss at least a home game against Utah in Tampa, Florida on Friday.
VanVleet found that he was positive for the virus, adding that the symptoms were causing him some problems.
“I would not want anyone,” Van Wleit said. “But I’m here, I’m alive, I’m breathing. I know there are many people who did not make it through COVID. So my thoughts and my heart are with the families, the people who have been affected by this, who have not been as fortunate as I am.
Siakam missed six games, VanVleet և the other Raptors – five. Toronto was without coach Nick Nursa և some assistants during that period. Reports won the first game without a nurse, but one game was postponed and the other five became losses.
“It was a rough part for everyone, not just the blockbuster guys,” VanVleet said. “The other guys who were trying to collect the pieces, I feel for them.”
But in recent days, Reports has had a few mini-celebrations as players and coaches return to chaos.
“In fact, there was a whole list there almost tonight,” the nurse said after training on Tuesday. “I ran from 5 to 0, I had to lead three teams, believe it or not. A big leap forward. “
VanVleet said it deals with body aches, fever and other problems. Immediately after the positive test, he also had to separate from his family and teammates.
“At that moment, it was just a matter of going somewhere, isolating myself, leaving my children, my daughter, my family,” Van Wleit said. “I am huddled. I had I had symptoms for a few days. “Some of those days were pretty rough.”
The league has had a positive test of about 100 players this season. During the last week of the training camp, 48 had to reschedule 31 games for virus-related reasons, such as positive “connection tests” to keep teams from satisfying themselves. players to take the floor. Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons’s el’s Embell was unable to attend the All-Star Game due to a contact quest, the New Orleans Pelicans had a few players և crew receiving their first dose of coronavirus vaccine last weekend.
VanVleet learned on Sunday that he was allowed to return to the gym to arrange to start again on Monday. He said he could not sleep even on Sunday night, hoping to finally return to work.
“I forgot how much I love these things,” VanVleet said. “I really like the game. I really like basketball. I like being in the gym. I do not always like everything that comes with it, but I really like the game. It is a blessing that I can return. ”
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