Brooklyn Nets veteran Garrett Temple recently opened up about how he and the rest of the team reacted upon learning that one of their star teammates, Kevin Durant, tested positive for the coronavirus.
Temple shared how everyone on the Nets got tested as a precautionary measure once the shocking news of Durant’s positive result came out:
“Yeah, we all got tested,” Temple said, via Sam Amick and Joe Vardon of The Athletic. “We were in L.A. (on March 9 and 10) when the stuff was going on, and then went to San Francisco (on March 11), which early on in America those were two (COVID-19) hotbeds, obviously, as well as Seattle. So when we found out about ‘K’ (Durant), when he told us, it was like, ‘Wow, really?’ (When they were) flying back as a team doing different things, none of us had been around (people who were known to have been infected).”
Temple went on to say that after dealing with the initial shock, Nets players all made sure to let Durant know that they were giving him their full support in this ordeal:
“So when we found out that KD had it, it was kind of shocking honestly, because he wasn’t showing any symptoms,” Temple added. “I was sad for him, because it’s just something that you don’t want to have, because we don’t really know anything about it. That was the main thing. I was surprised and I wanted to make sure he knew we had his back and whatever he needed. … As a team, we have a group chat and everybody told him they were thinking about him and things of that nature, as well as the other guys.”
The Nets have yet to provide an update on Durant’s current condition, but it does appear that he is well and remains in high spirits. Last week, Utah Jazz duo of Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell were cleared of the coronavirus, so we’re hoping to hear a similar report for Durant soon.
Temple also talked about the process of possibly resuming the season, acknowledging the “fluid” situation and how they’re hoping for a return to the court in mid-June. That’s still totally up in the air, though, and it’s impossible to say at this point when sports will resume.
Either way, it’s going to be a long wait for the Nets and the rest of the league.