The news of Durant, a Nike-backed NBA star, was first reported by Shams Charania, senior lead NBA insider for The Athletic and Stadium. Charania reported on Twitter that Durant said, “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this.”
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Kevin Durant tested positive for coronavirus, Durant tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Durant says he is feeling fine: "Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We're going to get through this."
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 17, 2020
The news of Durant’s diagnosis comes shortly after the Nets reported that four players on the team tested positive. In a statement, the organization said one of the players is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, the disease the coronavirus causes, while the others are asymptomatic.
“The organization is currently notifying anyone who has had known contact with the players, including recent opponents, and is working with state and local health authorities on reporting,” the Nets wrote in a statement. “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.”
Prior to Durant’s positive test, three other pro basketball players — Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons, and Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz — tested positive for the disease. On March 11, the NBA announced the suspension of the regular season after Gobert tested positive.
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