After suffering Covid-19, LaMelo Ball shares what it was like going through the whole experience after his first game back from being in the health & safety protocols.
LaMelo describes the experience of having Covid-19
LaMelo came back in the starting lineup last night against the Portland Trail Blazers, and even though the Charlotte Hornets lost the game, Ball had a pretty solid performance showcasing the virus can't slow him down. When asked after the game when he actually realized he has Covid-19, LaMelo talked about the feeling going through his body when he realized something was not right.
"I was about to eat some dinner," the Charlotte Hornets point guard said Friday. "I'm like, 'Hold on. It's cold as hell.' And then I'm asking people like, 'Are y'all cold?' They are like, 'Nah, I'm not cold. You are trippin.'
The first night it was impossible for him to sleep, and he was constantly sweating, which was his body trying to fight the virus, which is a regular occurrence in these situations.
"I'm like, 'Ahh, s—,'" Ball said. "And then that night right there, that's when it hit. I took like nine showers because I'd go to sleep for like 30 minutes, wake up and be sweating. And I'd go shower. Then I'd go to bed, be cold as hell and wake up, take a hot shower."
Happy to be back with the team
Like many other NBA players who already spoke about their experience fighting the virus, LaMelo also said he felt he had no energy whatsoever. Just recently, Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris shared a pretty similar experience on fighting with Covid after contracting the virus.
"Pretty much I was just sleeping the whole day," he said. "I felt so tired. I couldn't do nothing. And my head was pounding. Then I would go from cold to hot, sleep. I'm just tired now."
LaMelo was the best player on his squad last night with 27 points, looking like he didn't even miss a beat, keeping his team in the game as much as he could. The Hornets recently had many problems with players getting in and out of the health and safety protocol. Still, it seems the situation is finally getting stable, which means a lot of the team is looking to get a few wins in a row before the end of this year.
"It's a blessing, especially with everything going around," Ball said. "It feels like we are very blessed to have the whole team. And as you can see it's more and more people. Every time on Twitter, I see it, somebody else's name."
The Hornets are currently 6th in the eastern conference, and if they didn't have all the problems in recent weeks with players out of the rotations, their record would be even better. They are one of the positive surprises this season, and LaMelo Ball is a big part of that, showcasing he is one of the brightest young stars in the NBA.