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Kevin Durant, three other Nets test positive for coronavirus; team played Celtics recently

Kevin Durant, three other Nets test positive for coronavirus; team played Celtics recently

Four members of the Brooklyn Nets, reportedly including Kevin Durant, have tested positive for the coronavirus, the team announced. 

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Durant, who has yet to play for the Nets while he recovers from a torn Achilles after signing with Brooklyn in the off-season, is among the four.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report the positive tests.

Neither the team nor Wojnarowski identified the players who had tested positive. 

Among those recent opponents were the Boston Celtics, who played the Nets at TD Garden on March 3, losing 129-120 in overtime. The Celtics were also a recent opponent of the Utah Jazz, whose center Rudy Gobert, was the first NBA player to test positive for the virus, which led to the NBA to suspend its season and, subsequently, the suspension of all major sports seasons. 

The Celtics played the Jazz three days before the Nets. After the NBA suspended its season on March 11, the Celtics said in a statement that it was unlikely that anyone from the team came into contact with infected Jazz players Gobert and teammate Donovan Mitchell while they were contagious.

Celtics players were told to self-quarantine last weekend, at which time all players and staff that came into contact with the Jazz players were tested for the coronavirus, or more specifically, COVID-19. The players, like the rest of the country, have continued to stay in their homes this week.

None of the Celtics had been showing symptoms, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reported last week.

The Nets said in a statement that one of the four players is “is exhibiting symptoms while three are asymptomatic. All four players are presently isolated and under the care of team physicians.”


 

R.I. child may have contracted coronavirus from Jazz player at Celtics game

R.I. child may have contracted coronavirus from Jazz player at Celtics game

One of the two cases of coronavirus in Westerly, R.I., may have been the result of having contact with an infected Utah Jazz player who signed autographs for a child at the Celtics-Jazz game last week, the Westerly police chief said.

Chief Shawn Lacey, via the Providence Journal, said at a press conference Friday that both cases in town were children. One is a preschooler and the other a second-grader. Lacey said one child recently returned from a cruise to the Bahamas. The other had been to the game at TD Garden on March 6 and got an autograph from a Jazz player who later tested positive for the virus.

While Lacey didn't name the player, two Jazz players, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, have tested positive for coronavirus.

Students and staff at the Springbrook Elementary School, which the second-grader attends, are on a two-week quarantine, officials told the Journal. 

Players react to NBA suspending 2019-20 season amid coronavirus concerns

Players react to NBA suspending 2019-20 season amid coronavirus concerns

The NBA made the right decision Wednesday night to suspend its 2019-20 season amid concerns over the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The first player to test positive for coronavirus reportedly was Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert. This development resulted in the postponement of Wednesday night's game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Shortly after, the league officially announced the suspension of the season. Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell also has tested positive for coronavirus, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday morning.

There is no official timetable for when the season could resume. The league and its teams wisely are taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their players and staff. For example, the Boston Celtics announced all of their players will be tested for coronavirus.

Here's a roundup of reaction from NBA players on the events of the last few days.


Celtics release statement, provide update on status of players