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WNBA star Asia Durr, 23, says COVID-19 diagnosis is jeopardizing her career

WNBA star Asia Durr, 23, says COVID-19 diagnosis is jeopardizing her career and has forced her to stay off court for eight MONTHS because doctors think she’s still too fragile

  • New York Liberty star Asia Durr, 23, is facing an uncertain future because of COVID-19, which continues to ravage her body and keep her off the hardwood
  • As Durr told HBO’s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, she was first diagnosed on June 8 and has since dropped 32 pounds while missing the 2020 season
  • There is no timetable for her return. Durr says doctors are reluctant to give her the green light because they’re scared that too much activity will cause flareups
  • Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba, 22, was also diagnosed with COVID-19 in June, and he only recently returned, although he has yet to appear in a game in 2021 

New York Liberty star Asia Durr, 23, is facing an uncertain future because of COVID-19, which continues to ravage her body and keep her off the hardwood nearly eight months after her diagnosis.  

‘I couldn’t breathe,’ said Durr, who is considered a COVID-19 long-hauler. ‘I was spitting up blood. It was just lung pain that was just so severe. It felt like somebody took a long knife and was just stabbing you in your lungs each second.’ 

The ‘long-haulers’ have baffled health officials, who have struggled to learn why the duration of COVID-19 symptoms can vary from subject to subject. 

Liberty star Asia Durr, 23, is facing an uncertain future because of COVID-19 , which continues to ravage her body and keep her off the hardwood nearly eight months after her diagnosis

Durr says she has not attempted to play basketball since being diagnosed with COVID-19. 'There's days when I feel great, like I could go to the store or I could clean up,' Durr said. 'Then there's days where I'm like I just have to stay in a bit and it's just like you feel like you got hit by a bus'

Durr says she has not attempted to play basketball since being diagnosed with COVID-19. ‘There’s days when I feel great, like I could go to the store or I could clean up,’ Durr said. ‘Then there’s days where I’m like I just have to stay in a bit and it’s just like you feel like you got hit by a bus’

As Durr told HBO’s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, she was first diagnosed on June 8 and has since dropped 32 pounds while missing the 2020 season with severe lung pain and other horrific symptoms. 

She also missed the chance to play in France ahead of the WNBA’s 2021 campaign.   

‘There’s days when I feel great, like I could go to the store or I could clean up,’ Durr continued. ‘Then there’s days where I’m like I just have to stay in a bit and it’s just like you feel like you got hit by a bus.’

Durr handles the ball against Tierra Ruffin-Pratt  of the Los Angeles Sparks in 2019

Durr handles the ball against Tierra Ruffin-Pratt  of the Los Angeles Sparks in 2019

Durr, the second-overall pick of the 2019 WNBA Draft out of Louisville, also said she has struggled to keep food down because of persistent vomiting.

There is currently no timetable for her return.

‘I’ve talked to doctors and they told me I’m not cleared yet,’ she said. ‘I’m not cleared to do anything physically which could cause flare ups.

‘That’s what’s really hard for me because in life whenever something was like hard, I would go and play. I cant even do that now. I cant even shoot a free throw.’

After her segment aired on HBO, Durr released a statement saying that she plans to ‘keep fighting.’

The Orlando Magic’s Mo Bamba, 22, faced a similar situation after being diagnosed with COVID-19 in June, and only recently returned to the team. However, the 6-foot-10 center has remained out of coach Steve Clifford’s rotation since coming back.

The basketball world is currently reeling from the COVID-19 death of NBA analyst Sekou Smith, 48, who covered the league for over 20 years with NBA TV, NBA.com, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

NBA analyst Sekou Smith passed away this week shortly after being diagnosed with COVID-19

NBA analyst Sekou Smith passed away this week shortly after being diagnosed with COVID-19

The Orlando Magic's Mo Bamba, 22, faced a similar situation after being diagnosed with COVID-19 in June, and only recently returned to the team. However, the 6-foot-10 center has remained out of coach Steve Clifford's rotation since coming back

The Orlando Magic’s Mo Bamba, 22, faced a similar situation after being diagnosed with COVID-19 in June, and only recently returned to the team. However, the 6-foot-10 center has remained out of coach Steve Clifford’s rotation since coming back

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