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Rudy Gobert still dealing with loss of smell 3 months after coronavirus diagnosis

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) drives the ball up the court during the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings NBA preseason basketball game at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019.
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) drives the ball up the court during a Jazz-Sacramento Kings NBA preseason game at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News

As the NBA gears up for its return to the hardwoods — the Utah Jazz are scheduled to play their first game against Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans on July 30 — Jazz center Rudy Gobert, whose positive COVID-19 test was the first domino that led the NBA to suspend its season on March 11, still has a lingering side effect.

More than three months after his original positive test, Gobert says he still has trouble smelling. Loss of smell is one of the COVID-19 symptoms.

Gobert told L’Equipe, a French newspaper, that his sense of smell still isn’t back to 100%.

“The taste has returned, but the smell is still not 100%,” Gobert said. “I can smell smells, but not from afar. I spoke to specialists, who told me that it could take up to a year (to return to normal).”

The NBA tips off on July 30 at Disney World in Orlando and the Jazz-Pelicans game is the very first of the restart. The Jazz travel to Orlando on July 7 and team training camps will take place from July 9-21, with team intrasquad scrimmages held during July 22-29 before the regular season resumes, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.