Former Texas Longhorn and current NBA player Kevin Durant confirmed Tuesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. (RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN FILE)

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Report: Texas ex Kevin Durant tests positive for coronavirus

Posted March 17th, 2020

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Former Texas standout Kevin Durant is one of four Brooklyn Nets who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Durant told The Athletic he had indeed tested positive. “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this,” Durant told the website on Tuesday.

The Nets issued a statement saying one of its four players was “exhibiting symptoms while three are asymptomatic. All four players are presently isolated and under the care of team physicians.”

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Just on Durant’s star power alone, his coronavirus diagnosis will garner major headlines. Durant is a two-time NBA Finals MVP and 10-time All-Star who was sitting out this season with an Achilles injury.

The NBA suspended its season last Wednesday when Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert was the first player to test positive. His teammate Donovan Mitchell later tested positive, too.

There’s no way to know how many players are infected or how many are asymptomatic. The league is taking a 30-day hiatus.

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