Kevin Durant is a professional American basketball player. Kevin Durant currently plays for the ‘Brooklyn Nets of the ‘National Basketball Association.’ He has won many awards, including two ‘Finals MVP Awards’ and two Olympic gold medals.
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NBA player, Kevin Durant tested POSITIVE for Corona Virus!
They estimate that at least seven N.B.A. players are Corona Virus positive, including three of Durant’s teammates on the Nets. We learned of four players who have tested positive for the illness. All members of the Brooklyn Nets, including former MVP Kevin Durant, tested positive on Tuesday. Further, he didn’t play this season due to a torn Achilles tendon and was already not planning to return even if things get pushed back late into the summer.
NBA spokesperson Mike Bass declared a statement on the number of active players who have received tests for the COVID-19 virus at that point in time on Tuesday night.
“Public health authorities and team doctors have been concerned that, given NBA players’ direct contact with each other and close interactions with the general public, in addition to their frequent travel, they could accelerate the spread of the virus. Following two players testing positive last week, others were tested and five additional players tested positive. Hopefully, by these players choosing to make their rest results public, they have drawn attention to the critical need for young people to follow CDC recommendations in order to protect others, particularly those with underlying health conditions and the elderly.”
“All players and members of the Nets travel party are being asked to remain isolated, closely monitor their health and maintain constant communication with team medical staff,” the team said. He also added that they are notifying anyone who has had contact with the players, including N.B.A. opponents.
More information about Corona Virus
Three of the four players did not show symptoms of the disease according to the Nets statement. A spokesperson for the Nets declined to provide specifics about how the team got the tests. This issue of unequal access to testing arose last week. It was after reports that 58 members of the Jazz franchise got tested within hours of Gobert’s positive test.
In the United States, almost all professional sports leagues are at a standstill as many local and state governments restrict large gatherings. Among all the games, the N.B.A. has the largest number of publicly revealed cases of Corona Virus positive cases, and hence its season is in danger of being canceled.
Gobert, the first player known to have tested positive, has faced backlash for making light of the epidemic in the days leading up to finding out he had Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. People also criticized the N.B.A. for organizing multiple games while the coronavirus was spreading across the United States. Gobert apologized for the day after the N.B.A. season was postponed, stating “I was careless and make no excuse.”
Although he was expected to miss the 2019-20 NBA season due to his Achilles injury, it was announced at the beginning of the 2019 free agency period that the star first had agreed to a four-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets.
In March 2020, shortly after the NBA suspended its season due to the coronavirus outbreak, Durant revealed that he had tested positive for the virus.
Early Life and Childhood
Kevin Durant was born to Wanda and Wayne Pratt on September 29, 1988, in Washington D.C, USA. His full name is Kevin Wayne Durant. He is 31 years old and his zodiac sign is Libra. His father’s name is Wayne Pratt and mother’s name is Wanda Durant. While he was still an infant, his father deserted the family, and the boy was raised by his mother and grandmother. He has three siblings, a sister Brianna, and two brothers Tony and Rayvonne.
Kevin grew up to be a very tall boy with a keen interest in sports. Although he was usually teased for his height, his grandmother Barbara Davis encouraged him, saying that his height was actually a blessing and would help him in his athletic career. Moreover, his father got back to Kevin when he was around 13 and they toured the country together for basketball tournaments.
More about himself
Kevin is a devout Christian and visits the Chapel before every game. He also has religious tattoos on his stomach, wrist, and back. He enjoys playing video games in his free time. Durant was a credentialed photographer for ‘The Player’s Tribune’ at ‘Superbowl 50’ in 2016.
Durant studied at the ‘National Christian Academy’ and at the ‘Oak Hill Academy.’ In both schools, he was quite active in basketball. He later transferred to ‘Montrose Christian School’ for his senior year. By this time, he had grown six feet and seven inches tall.
Later, for further education, he joined the ‘University of Texas,’ where during the first year itself, he won the ‘Oscar Robertson’ and the ‘Adolf F Rupp’ awards for his brilliant performance. His exceptional basketball skills helped him eligible for the ‘NBA’ draft after just one year of playing at college.
Career, Professional Life, and Achievements
In honor of his childhood coach, Charles Craig, Kevin wore jersey #35. His coach lost his life to murder at the age of 35. He began his early career by playing ‘Amateur Athletic Union’ basketball for several teams in the Maryland area. Kevin met the future NBA players, Michael Beasley, Greivis Vásquez, and Ty Lawson during that time.
Seattle SuperSonics chose Kevin Durant for the 2007 NBA draft and hence he began his professional career. Kevin recorded 18 points, five rebounds, and three steals in his first game against the ‘Denver Nuggets.’ He made the first match-winning shot of his career in a match against the ‘Atlanta Hawks’. The game was held on 16 November. His brilliant performance earned him the title ‘NBA Rookie of the Year.’
In the next season, his team relocated from Seattle to Oklahoma and became the ‘Oklahoma City Thunders.’ By the end of the year, Durant had raised his scoring average by five points as compared to the previous season. The organizing team also considered Durant for the ‘Most Improved Player Award,’ however, he eventually came third. Furthermore, he qualified for the 2010 ‘FIBA World Championship.’ He played brilliantly at the tournament, leading the USA to the ‘World Championship’ trophy.
And after some years, Durant qualified for the 2012 Olympics, where he not only set the record for total points covered in an Olympic basketball tournament but also helped his team earn a gold medal. He played for the national team in the 2016 Olympics again, where he helped the team win a gold medal once again. Kevin won the title 2016 ‘co-USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year,’ along with Carmelo Anthony.
He signed a $54 million contract with the ‘Golden State Warriors’ for two years in July 2016. Durant lost his debut match with the ‘Warriors’ against the ‘San Antonio Spurs’ in October 2016. He made a roaring come back, scoring a career-high six block shots against the ‘Minnesota Timberwolves.’ He also created history by finishing with five blocks, five assists, ten rebounds, and 25 points in a single game.
NBA Champion with the Golden State Warriors
After suffering an injury, Durant returned to the 2016-17 season and played in the team’s third consecutive ‘NBA’ final where the ‘Warriors’ played against the defending champions ‘Cleveland Cavaliers.’ He helped his team win the championship by becoming his team’s top-scorer, averaging 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 5.4 assists while shooting 55.5 percent from the field, 92.7 percent from the free-throw line, and 47.4 percent from the three-point range. For his brilliant performance, he won the title ‘NBA Finals MVP.’
The next season was even more successful for the champion as the ‘Warriors’ reached the ‘NBA’ finals against the ‘Cavaliers’ at the ‘Western Conference’ finals and clinched their second consecutive win with Durant scoring a career-high 43 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists. Kevin also won his second consecutive ‘Finals MVP’ award that season.
Further, in the 2018-19 season, the ‘Warriors’ faced many losses against the ‘Los Angeles Clippers.’ Durant suffered injuries on his lower right calf while playing against ‘Toronto’ in Game 5 of the 2019 finals. Ultimately, the ‘Warriors’ lost the finals in Game 6 and their chance at a three-peat. Durant officially signed with ‘Brooklyn Nets’ on 7 July 2019, in a sign-and-trade deal.
Durant became involved in YouTube in 2017, creating his own self-titled channel where he uploads vlogs of his daily life. He has more than 750,000 subscribers and uploads his videos regularly. In February 2018, Deadline reported that Durant was in talks with producer Brian Grazer for a possible partnership with his production company ‘Imagine Entertainment’ to create a basketball-themed drama series for ‘Apple.’
He is also popular for his philanthropic activities. He pledged $1 million to the ‘American Red Cross’ for the victims of the 2013 Moore tornado. Durant has an association with the non-profit after school music program ‘P’Tones Records’ at their Washington, D.C. branch where he serves as the organization’s spokesperson.
Awards and Nominations
Kevin won the titles, ‘Naismith College Player of the Year,’ ‘Big 12 Player of the Year,’ ‘USBWA National Freshman of the Year,’ and ‘NABC Division I Player of the Year’ throughout his collegiate career in 2007. He received the ‘FIBA World Championship’ gold medal, along with the ‘FIBA World Championship Most Valuable Player’ in 2010. He earned gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics by playing for the US national team.
In the ‘NBA,’ Durant won the ‘NBA Rookie Challenge MVP’ (2009), ‘NBA All-Star Game MVP’ (2012, 2019), ‘NBA Most Valuable Player’ (2014), and ‘NBA Finals Most Valuable Player’ (2017, 2018) among other honors. He has also been an ‘NBA All-star’ for the past ten consecutive years from 2010 to 2019 and an ‘NBA’ champion two years in a row (2017 and 2018).
Kevin Durant has dated several women, including Jasmine Shine, Ashley Champ, and Monica Wright. He is in a relationship with Cassandra Anderson lately. They might be having quality time together. Likewise, he has not involved in any kind of rumors or controversies.
Kevin has a great personality. He has a height of 6 feet 9 inches and weighs around 109 Kgs. His chest-waist-biceps measurements are 43-35-15 inches. Further, he has dark brown hair and eyes of the same color.
Social media and Net Worth
Discussing his social media presence, he is quite active on different social media sites and is popular on it. He is active on Instagram under the username ‘@easymoneysniper’ where he has accumulated over 11.8 million followers. He has garnered over 10.8 million fans on his Facebook account. Kevin is more famous on Twitter with more than 18.2 million followers under the username ‘@KDTrey5’. Similarly, he joined his self-titled YouTube channel on April 8, 2017, and has earned over 794K subscribers.
Without any doubt, he earns a pocketful of money through his profession. His net worth is around $170 million, making him one of the highest-paid NBA players in the world.