Nets' Kevin Durant on Positive COVID-19 Test: 'I'm Alive. That's It...I'm Good'

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 14, 2020

FILE- In this March 10, 2020, file photo, Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant watches during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. Durant is among the four Brooklyn Nets who have tested positive for the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, file)
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Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant isn't overthinking his COVID-19 diagnosis and recovery.

"I'm alive," he told Ben Golliver of the Washington Post. "That's it. That's all I can tell you. I'm good. The unknown is always scary, but I had a lot of support. I knew if I needed anything, I could call someone. [As a society], we still haven't figured this whole thing out."

Durant told Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium on March 17 that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. "Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine," he added. "We're going to get through this."

Charania noted Durant was asymptomatic when he tested positive.

The Nets announced March 17 that four players tested positive for the virus but didn't identify them. General manager Sean Marks told reporters April 1 that all four were symptom-free after completing the 14-day home isolation period.

There have been 15 confirmed COVID-19 cases involving NBA players and team employees or executives. Durant, Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and Marcus Smart spoke publicly about their diagnoses.

Brooklyn signed Durant to a four-year contract last July. The two-time NBA Finals MVP hasn't appeared in a game since rupturing his Achilles in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals with the Golden State Warriors.


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