ESPN NBA Analyst Doris Burke Says She's Tested Positive for COVID-19

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2020

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 13: Doris Burke looks on during Game Six of the NBA Finals between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors on June 13, 2019 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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ESPN NBA analyst Doris Burke told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on The Woj Pod on Friday that she has tested positive for COVID-19.

Burke told Wojnarowski that while she is now asymptomatic, she was so fatigued that she "could not be out of bed for more than five minutes" from March 14 to 17.

Burke also explained why she decided to get tested: "I started to believe, even though my symptoms did not seem to line up with the typical symptoms, I believed, given the nature of my profession, the number of people I encounter, that I did in fact have exposure to the virus."

The 54-year-old Burke has been with ESPN since 1991. During her time with the network, she has been both a sideline reporter and analyst, and she has covered the NBA, WNBA and both men's and women's college basketball.

In 2018, Burke was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as the first female winner of the Curt Gowdy Media Award.

Burke is the latest high-profile person involved with the NBA to be diagnosed with COVID-19. She joins Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant and unidentified players from the Nets and Los Angeles Lakers.

The NBA suspended its 2019-20 season March 11 when Gobert tested positive for coronavirus, and it isn't yet known when or if play will resume.

Wojnarowski reported recently that NBA owners and executives believe the best-case scenario may be for the season to resume in mid-to-late June, which is after the NBA Finals traditionally end.

It is also a possibility that games could take place with no fans in attendance whenever the season does start back up.

Burke has become a huge part of the NBA's presentation in recent years, as she was named Doug Collins' replacement in 2017 as a full-time game analyst for ESPN in 2017.

The former second-team All-Big East performer in basketball at Providence is now among the most well-known and celebrated analysts in the sport.

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