Kevin Durant trolled by Rihanna over coronavirus on Instagram

Written By Austin Anderson
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NBA star Kevin Durant isn't a stranger to back-and-forth exchanges on social media. This time, his banter included pop star Rihanna while both were in DJ Spade's Instagram Live session on Saturday night.

Rihanna poked fun at Durant for having coronavirus: "Is KD allowed in here," she asked. "Should I wear a mask to this?" She followed up by wishing Durant a swift recovery.

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Durant was one of four Nets players who tested positive for COVID-19, he told The Athletic on March 17. The former NBA MVP quipped back, asking if the singer had just come back from Europe, where the virus had hit hard before becoming a global pandemic.

When Rihanna said she had been in the U.S. for the last two months, Durant responded with "That (coronavirus) was lurkin(g) over there in December."

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Drake tried to join the banter, saying people need to stop making fun of Durant for getting coronavirus — but neither Durant or Rihanna responded. Instead, Durant and Rihanna continued their conversation. The two-time NBA finals MVP said Rihanna's cough sounded "Rona-ish." The nine-time Grammy winner joked back to "Watch who you FaceTime with through these times."

Durant is one of the many people in the sports world who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Marcus Smart, Christian Wood, Donavon Mitchell and Rudy Gobert are the other identified NBA players to be diagnosed. All four have announced a full recovery.

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