NBA star Nikola Jokic has revealed he has examined constructive for coronavirus – simply days after embracing Novak Djokovic at a basketball match.
The Serbian star, 25, was noticed embracing countryman Djokovic – who just lately revealed he’d returned a constructive check after his calamitous, ill-advised tennis event.
Denver Nuggets star Jokic, within the dialogue for this season’s Most Invaluable Participant award, has now revealed he’s affected by the virus.
Jokic and Djokovic ran into one another and shared a hug of their nation’s capital, Belgrade, on June 11 at a basketball match.
There is no such thing as a indication both gave coronavirus to the opposite.
However Jokic’s constructive check no means his return to the USA will probably be delayed forward of the 2019-20 season’s restart at Disney World, Florida.
Studies declare the 7ft Serbian big-man will probably be cleared to go to the States subsequent week.
Jokic is claimed to be asymptomatic, however will now must return two detrimental exams for coronavirus in his native Serbia earlier than being allowed to depart.
On his arrival in Denver, he’ll then should be screened and examined as soon as once more.
It’s an enormous blow for Jokic who had spent his lockdown nicely, shedding practically THREE STONE to indicate off a extra lean, imply body.
Not recognized for his power and athleticism, Jokic is a uncommon breed – a centre capable of carry the ball like some extent guard and is likely one of the greatest playmaking and three-point capturing bigs within the NBA.
Now trimmed down, he might be able to do extra harm within the paint and crash the glass more durable to drag down much more rebounds, regardless of already averaging over ten per sport this season.
In the meantime, Djokovic was pressured to apologise for internet hosting his tennis event in Serbia after a number of big-name stars, together with himself, contracted coronavirus.
The notorious anti-vaxxer placed on the shambolic Adria Tour – with the likes of Nick Kyrgios highly-critical of him.
Tennis world No1 was slammed for his “boneheaded” resolution to host the tour – ignoring strict social-distancing guidelines and even dancing topless in a nightclub.
Fellow execs Grigor Dimitrov, Viktor Troicki and Borna Coric have all examined constructive for coronavirus after collaborating within the Easter European occasion.
Djokovic has now posted an apology on Instagram after so many high-profile stars examined constructive.
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He wrote: “I’m so deeply sorry our event has triggered hurt.
“All the things the organisers and I did the previous month, we did with a pure coronary heart and honest intentions.
“We believed the event met all well being protocols and the well being of our area appeared in good situation to lastly unite individuals for philanthropic causes.
“We had been improper and it was too quickly. I can’t specific sufficient how sorry I’m for this and each case of an infection.”