Shortly after the season was suspended March 11, Nuggets coach Michael Malone recalled not feeling well. As it turns out, an anti-body test administered months later revealed he had COVID-19.
Malone, speaking to CBS4 in Denver, said he wasn’t able to get a test when he initially started feeling symptoms around March 20.
“I only found out after the fact,” Malone said. “I was able to get an anti-body test, probably right around Memorial Day weekend. Not surprisingly, our team doctor called up and said, ‘Listen, you’ve tested positive.’”
As a result, Malone said his wife and their two daughters had to get tested as well.
“It’s really interesting how some people on our team and our staff and our travel party got it,” he said. “I like to say that I got coronavirus and I kicked its butt. I was able to survive, thank goodness.”
#Nuggets head coach Michael Malone told me tonight on @CBSDenver that he had coronavirus shortly after the season was suspended and found out after taking an antibody test.
He joked: “I like to say that I got coronavirus and I kicked its butt.” #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/XFpG5Sz4uu
— Michael Spencer (@MichaelCBS4) June 16, 2020
After the initial wave of positive coronavirus tests revealed players like Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and Kevin Durant all had the virus, the NBA allowed teams to keep confidential who in their organization had gotten COVID-19.
Since the hiatus began in mid-March, at least two people in the Nuggets’ organization have tested positive for the virus.