Coronavirus: Kevin Durant tests positive for COVID-19

By Liam Blackburn 18 March 2020 38
Coronavirus: Kevin Durant tests positive for COVID-19

Kevin Durant has confirmed he is one of the Brooklyn Nets players to have tested positive for coronavirus.

On Tuesday the Nets said four unnamed players had COVID-19 and one was displaying symptoms.

Ten-time NBA All-Star Durant confirmed he had the virus, telling The Athletic's Shams Charania: "Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We're going to get through this."

The 31-year-old is yet to play for the Nets since joining ahead of this season because of an Achilles injury he sustained in last year's NBA Finals when he was with the Golden State Warriors.

Durant won two NBA titles with the Warriors, has been named Finals MVP twice and was the league's MVP in 2014.

The Athletic's report stated Durant has "not had symptoms", though all Nets players are currently isolating.

A Nets statement added: "The organisation 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.

"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 organisation and the team is doing everything within its power to ensure that those affected receive the best care possible."

The Nets were last in action against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 10, a game which Durant was courtside for.

Durant is the latest high-profile NBA player to test positive for COVID-19. Rudy Gobert's positive test led to the NBA being suspended last week.

Gobert's Utah Jazz team-mate Donovan Mitchell and the Detroit Piston's Christian Wood have also contracted coronavirus.

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