While the NBA continues to halt all its operations amidst the Corona Virus pandemic, players continue to undergo testing. The Brooklyn Nets’ biggest star, Kevin Durant, reportedly contracted the disease along with three other teammates.
Once returning home from their suspended road trip out west, which sadly enough now seems highly unlikely to reach its conclusion anytime soon, each Brooklyn Nets player underwent testing for the Coronavirus or otherwise known as COVID-19. With those results coming in today, the team announced that Kevin Durant and three other players received positive tests, with one player minor symptoms such as body aches.
Durant, who revealed his diagnosis to The Athletic, seems self-assured that his teammates and himself will make a full recovery.
These four Nets players now join Utah Jazz teammates Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, alongside Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood as the only players thus far with confirmed infections. The Nets most recently played against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers and were next slated to face off against Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
In a statement put out by the team, the Nets asked those involved with their team’s traveling parties to remain isolated, clearly continuing to follow alongside the NBA in making player and personnel safety a top priority.
Although the Nets likely will aim to keep their other players’ health confidential, Spencer Dinwiddie appears unshaken by this unfortunate circumstance, jokingly implying to his followers that he remains uninfected while bantering with C.J. McCollum on Twitter. Other players such as reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo also appears upbeat despite the worldwide shutdown, showing off some guitar skills likely “mastered” during his inaugural isolation days.
Although Nets fans can certainly appreciate Dinwiddie’s tension-easing mindset alongside Durant’s bravery, this remains an incredibly serious situation for the Nets and the NBA as a whole. Likely already subjected to further quarantine instruction, hopefully our players will make a speedy recovery.