Toronto Raptors centre Khem Birch states he and his household had COVID-19

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Toronto Raptors centre Khem Birch states he and his household had COVID-19

Dallas Mavericks centre Kristaps Porzingis (6) defends against a shot by Toronto Raptors centre Khem Birch (24) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Friday, May 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/

By The Canadian Press

Mon., Oct. 11, 2021 2 minutes. read

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TORONTO – Khem Birch has actually lastly rejoined the Toronto Raptors after recuperating from COVID-19

The Montreal centre talked to the media for the very first time this season after Monday early morning’s shootaround, and stated he and his household showed up in Toronto on Sept. 18, and within the week they had actually all checked favorable for the infection.

” I lost my odor and a bit of tiredness,” Birch stated of his signs. “But I believe I can return. I feel great now. I believe video game shape is various, simply not playing. We’ll see tonight.”

The Raptors, who are completely immunized versus COVID-19, hosted the Houston Rockets in a pre-season video game Monday.

” We’re all 100 percent completely immunized too, so thank God,” Birch stated of his household. “If we weren’t it most likely would have been even worse.”

The 29- year-old Birch stated his better half lost her taste and odor while their child suffered no signs.

It wasn’t the start to the season Birch had actually expected after signing a three-year US$20- million handle Toronto in the off-season. Orlando purchased out the Canadian late last season and he was excellent in his 19 looks with the Raptors to end their 2020-21 season in Tampa, Fla., balancing 11.9 points and getting 7.6 rebounds a video game.

Birch hopes he can get better rapidly.

” I can most likely feel excellent after tonight’s video game or (Tuesday),” he stated. “I typically get in shape fast. Fortunately, we have an entire week of practices prior to our very first (regular-season) video game. Now I’m simply gon na go out and play as tough as I can, not stress about the box rating, simply fret about getting the W.”

The Raptors are without fellow Montreal centre Chris Boucher, who had surgical treatment last week to fix a dislocated finger. Pascal Siakam is recuperating from shoulder surgical treatment while Yuta Watanabe is sidelined with a calf pressure.

Toronto hosts Washington on Tuesday to finish up their pre-season. The Raptors open the routine season on Oct. 20 versus the checking out Washington Wizards.

This report by The Canadian Press was very first released Oct. 11, 2021.