Former Warriors star Kevin Durant has examined constructive for coronavirus, he instructed The Athletic on Tuesday, changing into the highest-profile athlete to contract COVID-19.
Durant, who left the Warriors to signal a four-year, $164 million max free-agent contract with Brooklyn this summer time, is one in every of 4 Nets gamers to check constructive, the crew introduced.
Durant, who was a two-time NBA Finals MVP whereas main the Warriors to a pair of titles, instructed The Athletic that regardless of the analysis he’s feeling positive. Durant, who remains to be recovering from a torn Achilles suffered within the NBA Finals with the Warriors in June, is one in every of three Nets who’re to date asymptomatic.
“Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine,” he instructed The Athletic. “We’re going to get through this.”
ESPN reported one unnamed Nets player — not Durant — woke up Tuesday experiencing soreness. The Nets mentioned all 4 gamers stay remoted whereas additionally being look after by crew physicians.
The Nets and Durant have been in San Francisco and scheduled to play the Warriors final Thursday in a recreation the place no followers could be allowed into Chase Center for precautionary measures. However, the NBA introduced the evening earlier than it was suspending the season till additional discover efficient the subsequent day, March 11.
Brooklyn paid for its gamers to bear coronavirus testing by a personal firm after coming back from San Francisco, sources instructed ESPN.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr instructed reporters Tuesday he wasn’t positive whether or not any of his gamers had visited with any Brooklyn gamers final week.
“I’m hoping none of our guys went and hung out with any of their players the night before our game,” Kerr mentioned.
But if any Warriors had performed so, the Nets mentioned they’ve both already notified them or are within the technique of doing so to ensure they’ll take the suitable steps to be examined.
“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 Nets mentioned in a press release. “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.”
Utah Jazz All-Star heart Rudy Gobert was the primary star sports activities athlete to check constructive when his standing was introduced shortly earlier than the league ceased play on March 11. Kerr mentioned Gobert’s constructive check “was the tipping point” for the NBA.
Gobert’s Utah teammate Donovan Mitchell and Detroit’s Christian Wood are two different NBA gamers who’ve examined constructive for the virus.
In accordance with federal officers’ suggestion that each one in-person occasions involving 50 or extra folks be postponed for the subsequent eight weeks, the NBA is eyeing a attainable mid-June re-launch to its season.
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