Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Kevin Durant among four Nets players to test positive for COVID-19 virus

Kevin Durant is among the four Brooklyn Nets players to test positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Durant confirmed the news with Shams Charania of The Athletic on Tuesday afternoon, despite not displaying any noticeable symptoms.

The Nets confirmed the positive test results, but did not identify any players and that out of the four, only one is exhibiting symptoms. In a statement released by team officials, all four players are in isolation and are undergoing medical treatment by the team's medical staff.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the one Nets player that had symptoms woke up Tuesday morning experiencing body aches. The team received results earlier today after hiring a private company to conduct the coronavirus test out of pocket last week when they returned from San Francisco, before being scheduled to play against the Golden State Warriors.

ESPN's Dave McMenamin reported that the Los Angeles Lakers will be tested on Wednesday after learning of the Nets' positive tests, as both teams played against each other before the NBA suspended games.

Durant and the other three Nets players join Utah Jazz All-Stars Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and Detroit Pistons' forward Christian Woods, as known NBA players to have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The Nets did not play against the Jazz or Pistons in the two weeks prior to the NBA suspending the season. Other than facing the Lakers on March 10, the Nets were scheduled to play the Warriors two night later, but without fans. Durant was in Los Angeles for the Nets-Lakers game, but did not travel to San Francisco prior to the Nets being scheduled to play his former team.
"I saw that news,'' Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of the Nets' positive tests. "I'm hoping none of our players went and hung out with guys the night before our game. I don't know if that's the case or not." [ESPN]
Following the Nets' announcement on Tuesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called out the NBA for all teams' ability to get tested for the coronavirus, while the tests are not available to so many others.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of The Associated Press

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