Shortly after it was announced that the entire Nets team had been tested for coronavirus -- with four players testing positive, including Kevin Durant -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took issue with the situation.
"We wish them a speedy recovery. But, with all due respect, an entire NBA team should NOT get tested for COVID-19 while there are critically ill patients waiting to be tested," de Blasio tweeted. "Tests should not be for the wealthy, but for the sick."
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Nets tested the entire team after they returned from San Francisco, with results coming in on Tuesday. Wojnarowski added that the Nets paid a private company to administer the tests.
As the coronavirus pandemic has grown, many in the United States have been unable to get tested, despite attempting to do so at hospitals, primary care offices, and elsewhere.
The inability of many to get tested is due to there simply not being enough testing kits available at the moment.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been providing updates on where residents can go to get tested, with drive-through testing available at various areas throughout the state.
After news came out that he tested positive, Durant said he was feeling fine: "Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We're going to get through this."
DeAndre Jordan told SNY contributor Maggie Gray over the weekend that his expectation was that the entire team would be tested.
The Utah Jazz had two players test positive for coronavirus last week: Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell.