Former Ute Kyle Kuzma Retells Moment He Learned Of Gobert’s COVID-19 Test
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former Utah and current Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma told Rich Eisen that he has worries about the NBA returning too early.
Kuzma appeared on the Rich Eisen Show on Thursday and was asked about the information that was released by Dr. Anthony Fauci about sports returning soon.
Fauci said that it would have to be in front of no fans and the players would have to be quarantined in hotels and go to the hotel and the arena and that’s it. Kuzma was asked if he is willing to do that.
“That’s the interesting thing, we would have to be in a hotel and could never leave,” Kuzma said. “With family members, if they were allowed in or now, how would that go? Then you would have to think about the workers. Let’s say we are in Las Vegas and staying at a certain hotel, all of the people in the hotel would have to stay there too. That’s a pretty hefty thing.”
As a competitor, Kuzma would do it but it doesn’t always come down to that.
“As a competitor and someone who loves the game of basketball, of course we all want to play,” Kuzma stated. “I think the thing that is kind of being missed is that their are a lot of players out there that have the same worries that the regular population has.”
Kuzma was at home watching the Utah Jazz game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 11. That was the game that was postponed just before tip-off because Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.
“I was at home watching the game,” Kuzma said. “Watching the game about to start when it folded. It wasn’t necessarily a surprise. With any type of global virus that has the firepower to hit anyone, it just puts things in perspective that any and everybody can get it.”
Kuzma told Eisen that the Lakers team got tested for COVID-19 right away. The former Ute mentioned that his test was negative. As far as what Kuzma has been told about the status of the NBA, it’s still up in the air.
“Just as much as you,” Kuzma said about what he knows. “Nobody really knows. This is such a weird and crazy time for us right now just because quite frankly as a society, we haven’t gone through something like this at least in our generation. It’s just a waiting game. It’s all about taking the proper precautions and measures, being safe, making sure that everyone is safe, doing their part and making sure they are staying inside.”
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