Brad Stevens said that Marcus Smart was in "great spirits" after testing positive for COVID-19, and added that he was proud of Smart for announcing his results to the larger public.
Smart, currently in self-isolation, is asymptomatic.
"I'm just happy that when he tested positive he continued to experience no symptoms and has felt great ever since. ... I'm proud of how he kinda took the initiative to tell people that he had it and that he felt good and that he got online and just continued to ask people to practice social distancing and self-isolation right now," said Stevens.
Stevens added that he believes the NBA canceling the game between the Jazz and the Thunder was a turning point for how the country looked at the virus.
"I think in a unique way that was a starting point for the whole country in recognizing that. I know a lot of people that have experienced symptoms or that ultimately -- throughout this NBA family -- that have gotten this. So I think it hit home well before that. But I do think that Wednesday night [when Gobert tested positive] will be something that we all remember and obviously the days following that as we entered this kind of new world."