Utah Jazz star Mitchell doesn't feel sick

Tim Reynolds
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell doesn't have any coronavirus symptoms despite testing positive

All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz says he showed no symptoms of being sick before testing positive for the coronavirus, and he continues to have no signs of illness since going into isolation.

Mitchell, speaking to ABC's "Good Morning America" in an interview broadcast Monday, also revealed that it "took awhile for me to kind of cool off" at Rudy Gobert, his All-Star teammate who was the first NBA player to have a positive test for the virus revealed.

Gobert has said in recent days that he did not take the threat of the illness seriously.

"I'm glad he's doing OK. I'm glad I'm doing well," said Mitchell, who did not say if he has spoken to Gobert in recent days.

He has seen video updates Gobert has posted to social media updating fans about his own condition.

Mitchell said he continues to feel fine, and that the worst physical issue he's had during this process was going through the test for COVID-19 itself. He said getting swabbed was so uncomfortable that it left him in tears.

"I'm asymptomatic," Mitchell said.

"I don't have any symptoms. I could walk down the street (and) if it wasn't public knowledge that I was sick, you wouldn't know it. I think that's the scariest part about this virus. You may seem fine, be fine. And you never know who you may be talking to, who they're going home to."

Mitchell's father, Donovan Mitchell Sr, works for the New York Mets and was tested last week as well. Mitchell Sr's test was negative.

Mitchell said he has been studying his old highlights during his time in isolation, and insisted that if the Jazz had to start a seven-game playoff series Monday he would feel able to play.

"It's kind of bringing back good memories, but you miss the game," Mitchell said.

He is partnering with the Salt Lake City Granite School District to help, he said, provide meals to as many as 10,040 food-insecure children per day during the unplanned school shutdown there.

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and his wife, Ayesha Curry, have announced a similar initiative, partnering with a food bank in Oakland, California, to provide as many as ibe million meals for students affected by school shutdowns there. Many other NBA players also say they will donate cash to ease the effect the league's shutdown will have on arena workers.