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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