Four Brooklyn Nets players have tested positive for the latest coronavirus, including Kevin Durant, taking the total to seven established NBA players.
The Nets didn’t name the players on Tuesday, but Durant stated to The Athletic that he was one of them, saying: “Everybody be patient, take care of themselves and quarantine.
The Nets confirmed one player had symptoms while the other three were asymptomatic. All four players were isolated and are under the care of team doctors.
“The safety of our players and personnel is of the organization’s highest importance and the organisation is doing everything in its power to ensure that those affected receive the best possible treatment,” the Nets said in a statement.
The Nets added that all players and members of their travel party are being required to stay isolated and track their health care closely, but the willingness of the squad to get scans that have been inaccessible to so many others attracted criticism from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Brooklyn last played in Los Angeles on March 10 and beat the Lakers. Two nights later in San Francisco, the Nets were to face the Golden State Warriors — a game to be played without fans— before the NBA season was postponed after Utah’s Rudy Gobert had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Jazz teammate Donovan Mitchell and Christian Wood of Detroit are the other players who have checked positively.
The Nets said they are actively notifying everyone, including recent rivals, who has established contact with players and working closely with state and local health authorities on coverage.
The new coronavirus is only causing mild to moderate symptoms for most people, such as fever and cough. It may cause more serious illness for others, particularly older adults and those with established health problems, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.