Kevin Durant among four Brooklyn Nets who test positive for COVID-19
Four Brooklyn Nets players have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), the team said in a news release Tuesday.
The Nets did not name the four players, but Kevin Durant is one of them, according to The Athletic.
Durant told the Athletic he feels fine. "Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We're going to get through this."
Identities of the other three players are not yet known.
“Of the four, one player is exhibiting symptoms while three are asymptomatic. All four players are presently isolated and under the care of team physicians,” the Nets said in a statement.
The Nets have not played the Utah Jazz or Detroit Pistons – the two other NBA teams with players who have tested positive – and have not played teams who have played the Jazz or Pistons since late February.
“The organization is currently notifying anyone who has had known contact with the players, including recent opponents, and is working closely with state and local health authorities on reporting,” the Nets said in a statement.
A statement from the Brooklyn Nets: pic.twitter.com/QnETcDEHCJ
"All players and members of the Nets travel party are being asked to remain isolated, closely monitor their health and maintain constant communication with team medical staff. 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.”
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The Nets’ previous four games were against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 10, Chicago Bulls on March 8, San Antonio Spurs on March 6 and Memphis Grizzlies on March 4.
Durant, who has been out all year while recovering from surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles tendon, made the trip to the West Coast for the Lakers game. He was expected to continue with the team to San Francisco for their game against the Golden State Warriors, his former team, but that game was shelved when the NBA shut down after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive.
New York, which has one of the largest outbreaks in the USA, has 1,374 confirmed cases of coronavirus and New York City has 644 as of 1:19 p.m. ET on Tuesday, according to the New York State Department of Health.
Gobert, teammate Donovan Mitchell and Detroit’s Christian Wood are three other players who have tested positive.
The NBA suspended the season Wednesday after learning of Gobert's positive test in Oklahoma City.
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