Christian Wood was one of the first cases to spring up in the NBA during the month of March. The former Pistons power forward disclosed his battle with the virus that has taken the entire globe by storm since late 2019.
After being the third overall player to be tested positive for the virus, Wood was claimed to be responding well and barely displaying any symptoms.
The comfort was, unfortunately, a mirage, since his condition worsened over time. The player’s struggle with the virus was recently published by The Ringer’s Yaron Weitzman.
Wood revealed that the disease was more or like the common flu, but only a hundred times worse.
“It felt like I had the flu but 100 times worse,” Wood told Weitzman. “For a second, it felt like I was about to die.”
Wood was diagnosed positive for the virus on March 14 and after an 11-day struggle, managed to recover completely.
The 25-year-old averaged 13.1 points and 6.3 rebounds in just 21.4 minutes for the Detroit Pistons last season. With a 20-46 record in the regular season, Pistons were not one of the 22 teams that were invited to the bubble.
Christian Wood hopes for a long stint in his new franchise
Making his debut with the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2015-16 season, he has ventured over to several other franchises over the course of a five-year span. Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans and Detroit Pistons followed year after year.
This time around, Wood has been roped in by the revamped Houston Rockets for a 3-year deal worth $41 million. The deal also involved the exchange of Trevor Ariza the rights to Isaiah Stewart a future second-round pick, and cash considerations
“When I was younger, it was just that I thought I was more talented than everybody, that my talent was just going to beat them,” Wood said.
“But me not knowing that there were people just as talented as me, and I got to work to be even better than them. I didn’t know that before.”