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Kevin Durant tests positive for the coronavirus

Three other players on the Brooklyn Nets have confirmed cases of the disease as well.


Mikael Thalen


Posted on Mar 17, 2020   Updated on Mar 17, 2020, 6:22 pm CDT

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Professional basketball player Kevin Durant has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Brooklyn Nets player, according to sports writer Shams Charania, is reportedly “feeling fine” and is not experiencing symptoms at the moment.

“Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine,” Durant told the reporter. “We’re going to get through this.”

The Nets revealed on Tuesday that four players in total had tested positive for the virus and that only one was experiencing symptoms.

“The health of our players and staff is of the highest priority to the organization and the team is doing everything within its power to ensure that those affected receive the best care possible,” the Nets said in a statement.

The entire team has been asked to self-isolate for the time being. The identities of the three other players to catch the virus have not been released.

ESPN reports that the team was able to acquire tests for the coronavirus, despite countless individuals across the country struggling to do so, through a private company.

News of the four players’ condition comes not long after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for the coronavirus as well. Others such as fellow Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell and Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons have likewise tested positive.

Concerns over the global pandemic caused the NBA to suspend the regular season only last week. Durant had not played this season due to a rupture in his Achilles tendon.

Current statistics from John Hopkins University indicate that 196,979 confirmed cases have been reported across the globe. At least 7,902 individuals have passed away due to the disease.


H/T the Athletic

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*First Published: Mar 17, 2020, 6:13 pm CDT