Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone had the coronavirus in March but wasn’t informed of it until months later, he told CBS Denver 4 in an interview Monday.

“I’d say around March 20, I started not feeling well, and we began reaching out to team doctors to see if I could get a test,” Malone said. “Unfortunately, at that time, there was no testing available.

“So I only found out after the fact. I was able to get an antibody test probably right around Memorial Day weekend. And not surprisingly, our team doctor called up and said, ‘Listen, you tested positive.'”

Jun 16, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone speaks during a press conference at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Malone — sporting a fuller head of hair rather than the buzz cut he dons on the sideline — maintained a sense of humor through it all.

“I like to say that I got coronavirus, and I kicked its butt,” he said. “I was able to survive, thank goodness.”

The Nuggets, 43-22 at the time of the league’s pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be among the teams in Orlando, Florida, when the league resumes — another point of optimism for Malone.

DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 12: Nikola Jokic (15) of the Denver Nuggets, Jamal Murray (27) and Will Barton (5) walk off the court after the fourth quarter of the Atlanta Hawks’ 125-121 win on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

“I hope that going down to Orlando will be a safe environment,” he said, “and we can limit the amount of people that actually get [COVID-19].”

Courtesy: ESPN


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