Four Brooklyn Nets have tested positive for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Among them is superstar Kevin Durant, he has revealed.
In the team’s release, it revealed that three of the four are completely asymptomatic at this point. The entire team had tests, paid for by the franchise, this week. New York City is working to ramp up testing, and currently has over 800 confirmed cases. The Nets are the first NBA players to test positive since Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood.
The Utah Jazz were the first team hit with confirmed cases of the virus. Center Rudy Gobert tested positive first, effectively leading to the suspension of the NBA season. He was followed by teammate Donovan Mitchell days later.
Kevin Durant shared his personal news with Shams Charania of The Athletic. He says that he feels fine, but had some advice for others amid this situation. “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine,” he said, per the insider. “We’re going to get through this.”
Kevin Durant tested positive for coronavirus, Durant tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Durant says he is feeling fine: "Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We're going to get through this."
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 17, 2020
The Nets’ last game before the league’s suspension came against the Los Angeles Lakers, a 104-102 upset win for the Eastern Conference playoff hopefuls.
Now, Los Angeles will test its entire team, after the Nets news.
Sources: Lakers just had conference call with players and will be tested tomorrow for Coronavirus and will have 14 day self-quarantine.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) March 17, 2020
These won’t be the only cases we find out about in the NBA, though other teams are avoiding testing as not to put a drain on the system while others with symptoms struggle to get tested.
Everyone heed KD’s advice, stay safe, social distance, and try to make the best of this tough situation for all of us.