This Tuesday was very interesting in Serbia. It seems that the second wave of Coronavirus started, and among the first victims are the two sports superstars – Novak Djokovic and Nikola Jokic.
Djokovic’s Tournament Allegedly Spreads the Virus
Novak was the organizer of the Adria Tour, a series of tournaments held across the Balkan. Besides him, several other big names participated, and instead of making this premiere spectacular, the majority would remember it for bad reasons.
The Joker and his wife ae positive for COVID-19, and apart from them, three other players also tested positive – Borna Coric, Viktor Troicki, and Grigor Dmitrov.
Sources in Serbia are suggesting that the Bulgarian might be the one who brought the virus, but such stories are still no confirmed, and there aren’t many proofs that it really is like that.
Djokovic wanted to provide some fun to the fans and also organize a few matches for him and his colleagues in order to stay in shape, but that turned out to be a massive mistake.
After revealing today that he and his wife have COVID-19 virus and that his tournament potentially spread the disease, the Serb was immediately torn apart form the media and one part of the fans. They would attack the best player in the world, accusing him of recklessness and selfishness.
The ones who are trying to justify his actions are saying that they didn’t do anything wrong, because governments in countries where this tournament took place lifted all bans and terminated security measures. They would also allow all sports events to have the spectators, including one of the biggest derbies in the world of soccer, Partizan vs. Red Star.
Jokic Positive Too
Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst stated that one other Serbian superstar has Coronavirus. Apparently, Nikola Jokic picked up the infection while being in Serbia, and his comeback to the United States is delayed for the moment.
It is expected to see Jokic in Colorado in one week, possibly two weeks’ time, once he receives permission to travel.
He was one of the few players who were granted an extra week to stay at home, as all NBA athletes who were outside the country had to come back before June 15.
For the moment, the Nuggets didn’t want to give any comments on the current situation, and we could just imagine how Mike Malone feels now.
The Nuggets are among the top teams in the Western Conference and are chasing the best possible position before the upcoming playoffs.
Jokic posted 20.2 points, 10.2 boards and 6.9 assists throughout the season, and was once again among the best players in the NBA. Unfortunately, this situation will hurt not only his prospects to find himself in the All-NBA team but, more importantly, Denver’s title ambitions. The Nuggets are completely dependable on Jokic, who truth to be told has time to recover until the restart of the campaign.
By the way, Denver’s coach Mike Malone had and defeated COVID-19.