Magic's Mo Bamba Leaves Bubble for 'Comprehensive Post-Coronavirus Evaluation'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 14, 2020

Orlando Magic's Mo Bamba (5) looks to take a shot against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Orlando Magic center Mohamed Bamba has been ruled out for the remainder of the season and has left the NBA campus.

Magic officials said Friday that Bamba will undergo a "comprehensive post-coronavirus evaluation" on the advice of team staffers and doctors.

Bamba told The Athletic's Josh Robbins last week that he tested positive for COVID-19 on June 11, which caused him to lose his sense of smell and taste and "made him unusually fatigued and caused muscle soreness."

The 22-year-old finished this season averaging 5.4 points and 4.9 rebounds in 62 games before the season was suspended in March.

Orlando selected him with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft after he impressed in his only collegiate season at Texas. He wasn't expected to dominate immediately in the NBA at such a young age, but he has the potential to be something special.

Nikola Vucevic will continue to play big minutes as the starting center, while Khem Birch will remain a primary option off the bench for head coach Steve Clifford.

The Magic will begin the postseason against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.

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