Bogdan Bogdanovic on battling COVID-19: In my first practice with the Hawks I was really dead

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Antigoni Zachari

06/Apr/21 09:32

The Hawks guard shares his story of contracting and overcoming COVID-19 before the season began and how it mentally affected him

By Eurohoops team /

Bogdan Bogdanovic revealed he had battled COVID-19 before the 2020-21 season began and opened up about his experience with the virus in a recent interview with The Athletic’s Chris Kirschner.

“It’s not easy. You have to take care of yourself. My family and friends are wearing masks all of the time. They’re moving around a lot. I was trying my best to be careful, too, but I had to work out. I had to do my daily stuff. I was moving around a lot of people”, tells Bogdanovic, recalling his experience.

You can catch it anywhere. Whenever you notice something, you should not be going anywhere. Just don’t do anything. That’s what I’ve learned in my experience and from other people. I had all of the symptoms except losing my taste. Other than that, I had everything. I had a fever. I had tiredness, fatigue, back pain, loss of smell. Everyone has different experiences with it”, he adds.

28-year-old Bogdanovic was still recovering when he moved from the Sacramento Kings to the Atlanta Hawks and further talks about how he managed to get back in shape for the season and overcoming an avulsion fracture on his knee.

“Those workouts were light too. It was just body workouts and not basketball workouts. I then went to Atlanta after signing and we couldn’t use the gym for the first two days because of COVID protocols. I had to test negative three times and then on that third day, I was able to go into the gym at night. It was tough. I have finally felt over the last month that I have finally recovered and am back to feeling good. I do remember that first practice I had with the Hawks, I was dead. I was really dead. When I got hurt, all I could think about was how I might not have been ready. I believe that every injury happens for a reason. There’s something that causes an injury, whether it’s mental or body tiredness”