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Four Brooklyn Nets players test positive for coronavirus

The Nets were the last team the Lakers played before the threat of coronavirus led to the NBA season being suspended.

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The Lakers played the Nets in their last game. It is unknown which Nets players tested positive for the virus.
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Four players on the Brooklyn Nets tested positive for COVID-19, or the coronavirus, according to the team. The Nets say that three of the players are not yet showing any symptoms, while the fourth player is symptomatic.

The Nets did not name the players, who they say are all being isolated and cared for by team physicians. They are also asking everyone in the team’s travel party to self-quarantine and monitor their health.

Nets forward Kevin Durant later confirmed that he was one of the infected players:

The Los Angeles Lakers played the Nets on March 10, their final game before the NBA season was suspended due to the threat of coronavirus. We asked the Lakers if their players or staff have been or will be tested, and a spokesperson responded they had no information to share at this time (Update: The Lakers will reportedly be tested on Wednesday, and the team will be quarantined for the next 14 days due to their exposure to the Nets).

The four Nets testing positive brings the total number of NBA players that are publicly known to have contracted the coronavirus up to seven. Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons tested positive, as did Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz.

The NBA has said it is suspending its season for at least 30 days due to the coronavirus threat, but reports have said that a mid-June return is the “best-case” scenario for the league, if it comes back this season at all. The more players that test positive for this virus, the harder it is to see that happening.

This story will update with more information as it becomes available.

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