On Thursday, Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks announced that forward Rui Hachimura is expected to play vs. the Chicago Bulls tomorrow. He was previously ruled out for up to three weeks due to bi-lateral epidemic keratoconjunctivitis.
Like other players on the roster, such as Russell Westbrook and Davis Bertans, head coach Scott Brooks said that Hachimura will be on a minutes restriction of about 20 minutes per game, according to Ava Wallace of The Washington Post.
Hachimura is returning about a week ahead of schedule. He'll play about 20 mins tomorrow.— Ava Wallace (@avarwallace) December 30, 2020
On the one hand, this sounds like good news. Hachimura is apparently ready to come back after suffering a virus (NOT the coronavirus) that can keep someone out for quite some time.
But at the same time, wasn’t Hachimura expected to be out for three weeks? A simple Google Search indicates that this thing is very contagious. I already don’t have much confidence in the current coaching staff getting the Wizards out of their current rut and it seems like most fans would concur. But personally, I would also be conservative about getting Hachimura, or anyone else back on the court after suffering a condition that can be contagious to others on the team, whether it’s COVID-19 or not in these times.