The Raptors’ Fred VanVleet returned to observe Tuesday after battling COVID-19, giving eleventh-place Toronto a much-needed enhance.
VanVleet, together with a number of different teammates, cleared NBA well being and security protocols.
The 27-year-old guard had been out for 2 and a half weeks after testing optimistic.
In a Zoom chat, he stated the signs have been “fairly tough.”
“I wouldn’t want it on anyone,” VanVleet stated. “Again sore. Physique aches. I simply (felt) like I simply performed three nights in a row. Sore, headache, my eyes have been hurting. I didn’t have the shortness of breath or something like that. I had a fever for a day and a half, two days. However undoubtedly nothing like something I’ve ever had. I might really feel that it was one thing completely different. I simply felt the illness. I might simply really feel it in me. I might really feel it in my bones and my blood and my muscular tissues.”
Regardless of the depth of the sickness, VanVleet stated his signs have been solely actually dangerous for 2 days.
“I wouldn’t want it on anyone,” stated VanVleet. “However I’m right here, I’m alive, I’m respiratory, and I do know there’s lots of people that didn’t make it by way of COVID. So, my ideas and my coronary heart are with the households and folks that’ve been affected by this factor that weren’t as lucky as I used to be, as I’m.”
VanVleet final performed February 26, the day after his twenty seventh birthday, towards the Houston Rockets and is raring to get again on the courtroom.
“I actually love the sport. I actually love basketball. I really like being within the gymnasium,” stated VanVleet. “I don’t all the time love the whole lot that comes with it, however I actually love the sport. It’s only a blessing to have the ability to be again.”
Becoming a member of VanVleet again on the courtroom after being out for COVID-related causes have been Pascal Siakam, Malachi Flynn, and Patrick McCaw.
The Raptors tackle the Detroit Pistons tonight and haven’t introduced when VanVleet can be cleared to play.