Marc Gasol: COVID-19 disease puts basketball in perspective

Marc Gasol: COVID-19 disease puts basketball in perspective

Marc Gasol said he had done everything in the right way and that the Lakers center was still infected with the coronavirus.
Unfortunately for Gasol, he said, “he went around the house”, to his wife and his children.

Gasol was back on the Staples Center field Thursday night in the Lakers’ 109-101 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers after following COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

“Yeah, yeah, and it felt good for five, six days,” Gasol told Zoom after the game. “I was on the ground, I couldn’t move a lot. The biggest symptoms, or the worst symptoms for me, were headaches, difficulty breathing, especially when trying to move, trying to get upstairs. That’s when I realized how hard it was and how it impacted my body and my body aches, fever and all that.

“It’s manageable, but the headaches and difficulty breathing were the worst symptoms for me. The loss of taste and smell has also happened. I collect them slowly. It’s not just about you and how you deal with it. That’s who you pass it on. Unfortunately, he also toured the house. So there is nothing to play with. This is something very serious.

Gasol and the Lakers, like the rest of the NBA, are tested twice a day.

Yet Gasol could not avoid catching the virus.

He was asked if his perspective on the entire NBA business having a season has changed now.

“It is not,” he said. “It’s something… it’s the risk we all go through. I wear the mask every day. I keep my distance from everyone. Even doing all the right things you can still get it and that’s what happened to me. You take care of it, stay in the moment, try to improve yourself a little bit every day and like I say, it’s about being as responsible as possible given the circumstances. It hasn’t changed my approach to the season, my point of view. I think we all understand this is not 100% proof of what we’re trying to do here and hopefully we get through the season and as many people as possible get vaccinated before the playoffs so that the people can come and watch the games and enjoy what we do. ”

When he said he had trouble climbing his stairs, Gasol was asked how scary it was to have the virus.

“That’s when it got serious for me,” said Gasol, 36. I had no symptoms. I had a bit of a headache, but I was like, “Well, I hope I’m going to be pretty asymptomatic. And then when it hits you, it hits you really hard – at least for me. I just thought of my kids then. I didn’t want them going through this. I didn’t want my wife to go through this. So, that’s why I worried about it the most.

Gasol was asked if he had shared his post on vaccination with his teammates.

“It’s a personal decision. It’s a personal decision. I will never tell someone what to do, ”Gasol said. “I think it’s a personal decision. Everyone should do their own research and do what they believe is best for themselves, for the people they know and love, and also for those they don’t even know. So you have to do your own research and make your decision. We all grew up here. I can’t get it now because I had it, so I kind of have to wait to make that decision. But everyone does and we will respect our judgment.

Gasol said this experience “puts basketball in a different place right now. ”

“Or it puts basketball in the right place at that point,” he added. “It’s not that important. You want to be part of the team, especially when you start to feel better. It’s the first thing you think of. I have a bicycle in the house. I had some weights so I started moving and it was tough from the start, the first few days of moving. But this is the first thing. As soon as you get energy, your mind and body jump right in, want to come back and help your team. ”

It was the first time Gasol had played in a game since February 28, when the Lakers faced the Golden State Warriors. Before the Lakers played the Phoenix Suns on March 2, Gasol was placed in protocols and he missed nine games.

He played 15 minutes against the 76ers and had five points, two rebounds and two assists.

The Lakers play a back-to-back game Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers at home.

“Unless something happens and I wake up to something that… unless something happens overnight, which I don’t expect, the plan is to play bit by bit tomorrow.” around the same time, I hope for a little more, ”said Gasol. “It’s more about the medical team. We try to be so smart about it. But I’m happy, very happy that I can be there and help the guys.


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