Kevin Durant Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Friday, 20 Mar, 2020

"Everyone be careful. Take care of yourself and quarantine", Kevin said The Athletic after his test results came in. "We're going to get through this", Durant was quoted as saying.

In a statement on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ time), the Thunder said all tests from its players came back negative. All four players are presently isolated and under care of team physicians.

While NBA players have been advised to isolate, most building managers aren't keeping up with the many wrinkles of the suspension of the 2019-20 season or what the Nets have been asked to do following their testing.

"The Oklahoma City Thunder consulted with infectious disease experts for a recommendation on the players and staff who needed COVID-19 testing based on their exposure at the game on March 11".

In response to Brooklyn's announcement, the Los Angeles Lakers said they were commencing their own health protocols.

As of Wednesday evening, almost 215,000 coronavirus cases had been diagnosed worldwide, more than 7,700 of which are in the U.S. The disease has accounted for just over 8,700 deaths around the world, including 118 people in the U.S. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

As of Wednesday morning, nearly 6,500 cases have been reported in the USA, with 114 deaths and 17 people recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University which has been tracking the outbreak using combined data sources.

"As always, we appreciate the support of our fans, partners and surrounding community, and we wish all those who are battling this virus a speedy recovery".

Also on Wednesday, National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts defended the Nets' decision to get tested.

"Tests should not be for the wealthy, but for the sick", he continued.

Most of the Lakers are still in town, so testing should not be a logistical issue, sources told ESPN.

Brooklyn beat the Lakers in that March 10 matchup.

Given that the Nets were in town prior to the season being suspended, one wonders if Durant had an opportunity to meet up with some of his former Golden State teammates before Thursday's game.

"I saw that news", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of the Nets' positive tests while speaking on a conference call.