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Quinn Cook praises Kevin Durant for using his platform to spread coronavirus awareness

Quinn Cook praises Kevin Durant for using his platform to spread coronavirus awareness

Since Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus last Wednesday, and the NBA suspended its season moments later, a handful of other players have tested positive for the virus over the past week.

On Tuesday, the Brooklyn Nets announced that four of their players had tested positive, but did not disclose any of the names. Minutes later, star forward Kevin Durant confirmed he was one of the players who did.

Durant, a Prince George's County native, is close friends with fellow PG County native and current Los Angeles Lakers guard Quinn Cook. The two have known each other for over a decade. Durant is five years older than Cook, but the two are still extremely close. They've trained together in the past and were teammates on the Golden State Warriors for two seasons.

Cook joined the Wizards Talk podcast on Friday, where he told NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller that he has been in contact with Durant, and his friend is in good health.

"He's good. He's good," Cook said. "His spirits are good. K is in great spirits, still being K, man. Low, mellow, chill, moving at his own pace."

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Cook then praised Durant for coming forward, admitting he was one of the four Nets that tested positive, and spreading awareness about the virus.

"He's just encouraging social distancing, staying inside and don't expose others," Cook said on Durant. "For him to step up to the plate and use his platform to spread awareness, it's brave. That's the kind of guy he is. He's fine. He's doing great."

Cook, as is all his Lakers teammates, are currently being quarantined for 14 days, with Friday being the sixth day. The Lakers hosted the Nets just days before the season was suspended.

So how is Cook spending his time? Plenty of video games, but also trying to stay in shape and informed as to everything that's going on.

"I've just been thinking the game," Cook said. "I've been reading. I've been running. I've been doing push-ups, doing little sprints in my apartment. Just trying to stay in some kind of shape. Just trying to learn as much as possible as to what's going on right now." 

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There's an impressive list of names reportedly joining Bradley Beal in bid to buy the New York Mets

There's an impressive list of names reportedly joining Bradley Beal in bid to buy the New York Mets

Apparently, the New York Mets are popular.

In a group that looks more like some sort of ESPY's afterparty guest list, Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal is reportedly joined by names such as Super Bowl LIV champ Travis Kelce, NFL Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher, Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray, former Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas, current Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee, oh, and some people named Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez in a bid to buy the Mets. 

That's quite an eclectic group. 

They've already submitted their initial bid of $1.7 billion, according to the New York Post. Hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen has reportedly made a top bid so far of $2 billion. The report says Mets COO Jeff Wilpon would prefer to sell to the "J-Rod" led group if its offer is close to the best bid at the end of the auction. Both have apparently already put up $300 million of their own money towards the potential purchase.

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According to ESPN, the group is awaiting word from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on what will happen next. 

Really the more pressing question though has to be how they all came together. Who would've thought Mason Plumlee and J-Lo would go into business together. Or Beal and Kelce. 

Either way, it's a story that continues to gain traction, and clearly has the star power to make for an interesting future for the Mets organization should the deal go through.  

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Admiral Schofield dropped a lot of weight during quarantine, hoping it can help in several ways

Admiral Schofield dropped a lot of weight during quarantine, hoping it can help in several ways

The NBA is full of very large people, so many that the outliers are the ones who are of average, everyday person size. The guy who is six feet tall stands out in an NBA locker room sort of like a 7-footer would walking through a crowd at a mall.

Wizards rookie Admiral Schofield, though, stood out in his own way in training camp last September. The guy was absolutely jacked, and his name is also Admiral. What a cool name.

Schofield sort of got known for his build and that led to many pointing out how he came from a family of NFL players. There was even a story about the Ravens being interested in him coming out of college.

After four months in quarantine and out of the limelight, Schofiled has now gone through a fairly significant body transformation. He said he has lost close to 20 pounds, choosing to shed a lot of his muscle with some very specific goals in mind.

First, a look at the before and after. Here is an example of Schofield during the season, looking like he could bench a hospital:

And here is him now, about 20 pounds lighter:

Now, for the reasoning. Schofield, who is now down to around 225 pounds, said it's partly so he can be more versatile.

"I was able to get down to a weight where I'm able to play even more positions for the team, and to just be more active on the floor and go longer with higher energy," he said. "I'm just trying to be an all-star in my role and affect winning."

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If Schofield added some speed and agility, that could be good for him. He entered the league as an undersized forward with an undefined role. Being lighter on his feet could allow him to possibly defend guards. And, if he kept some of his bulk and strength, he could still be effective against taller players. 

Schofield didn't offer many details on how he dropped the weight, but he did get very pointed when talking about how it could help his career. He said getting down to the weight he is currently at was a goal of his dating back to his time at the University of Tennessee.

"It's about being able to go as long as possible. That's what it's about. It's about being able to play for 10 years, being able to play for 12 years. Playing with that weight is not good for your knees, it's not good for your joints," he said.

Schofield has been mentioned by Wizards coaches and executives as someone who could find a new role with Davis Bertans out. It sounds like he could also look like a different player, now with less weight to carry around.

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