If you haven’t been tested for COVID-19 yet, consider yourself lucky. The actual testing process does not look fun at all, just ask Enes Kanter.
The former Kentucky Wildcat and current center for the Boston Celtics posted to social media a video of himself undergoing the nasal swab test, which requires the swab to go deep into the person’s nose. Kanter is 6-foot-11 and weighs a legitimate 250 pounds, but look at the anxiety and anticipation on his face. That’s me whenever I get a basic shot at the doctor.
All good ?
Ready to get back to work ? pic.twitter.com/l3zGT4D0HM
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) June 5, 2020
“I hate this,” Kanter adds with a laugh after the test is finally over. “My eyes are watering.”
The entire process took maybe 20 seconds but having a long, thin noodle shoved deep into your brain can not be comfortable. NBA players are subjected to receive tests whenever they enter a training facility, so this likely wasn’t the first time a member of the Celtics has experienced this – and it definitely won’t be the last.
Earlier on Friday, it was reported by multiple sources that the NBA’s Board of Governors and the Players Association agreed to resume the 2019-20 season on July 31. The plan is to finish the season by October 12 with hopes that they can get the 2020-21 season rolling sooner rather than later. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has said before that testing is going to be key to a safe return and one of the details announced on Friday was the inclusion of daily testing. What we don’t know yet is whether the players will be administered the same invasive nasal swab tests or if they’ll be able to transition to either mouth swabs or a less invasive nasal test.
Back in late May, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the majority of players “are resistant to the full nasal swab coronavirus test”. This might not seem like a huge deal, but if players are forced to take the deep nasal swab every single day, it could get annoying and uncomfortable. Kanter took the test because he’d been traveling recently to help protest against the racial injustices that have been happening across the nation. Since his Celtics are going to make the NBA’s new playoff format, he’ll soon have to do this every day.