The Brooklyn Nets have announced that four of their players have tested positive for the coronavirus. One of the four players that have tested positive is former league MVP, Kevin Durant.
The Nets did specify that only one of the four players is experiencing symptoms of the disease and that all four are currently isolated and undergoing care from team physicians and doctors. Brooklyn is notifying other teams that have played the team in the last two weeks, while also working closely with state and local health officials.
While the Nets did not specifically name any of the four players who received a positive test, Durant reached out to The Athletic to confirm that he is one of the four players. Durant made an encouraging post that also urged people to take safety precautions, and let the world know that he was feeling fine.
The Nets had all of their players tested by a private company after returning home from San Francisco over the weekend. San Francisco has seen a large number of cases in the last few days, and it was viewed as a precautionary measure.
On Tuesday, the team got word that there were four positive tests. All players had previously been in self-quarantine as a safety measure until the tests came back.
The player that is experiencing symptoms woke up with body aches on Tuesday morning prior to finding out that he had tested positive for the disease.
News of this has quickly spread around the NBA, and the Los Angeles Lakers announced that all of their players will undergo tests on Wednesday morning. The Lakers were the last team to play the Nets before the NBA decided to suspend their season almost a week ago.
Los Angeles will pay for the tests out of pocket, just as the Nets did for their players.
There are now seven NBA players who have tested positive for the COVID-19 strain of the coronavirus. Jazz center Rudy Gobert was the first player to test positive, and his result forced the NBA to shut down their season.
Gobert’s teammate, Donovan Mitchell, tested positive for the disease the very next day. Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons became the third player to test positive for the coronavirus. The Nets did not play the Jazz or the Pistons over the last two weeks.
Durant is the biggest sports star to test positive for the coronavirus up to this point. Durant is a former regular season Most Valuable Player Award winner and won the NBA Finals MVP twice as a member of the Golden State Warriors.
Durant signed a four-year contract worth up to $161 million to join the Nets ahead of the 2019-20 season. He has yet to suit up for the team as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered in last year’s NBA Finals. Durant is expected to make a full recovery from the Achilles tendon injury as well as the coronavirus.
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