COVID-19 has put Liberty star Asia Durr’s career in jeopardy


Asia Durr’s WNBA career has been sidetracked by COVID-19, and the New York Liberty guard has no idea when — or if — she’ll ever be able to return to the court.

Since being diagnosed in June, the 23-year-old has lost 32 pounds and still isn’t healthy enough to play or even shoot a free throw. She is considered a “long-hauler.”

“There’s days I feel great and I could go out to the store,’’ Durr said on the season premiere of HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” which is set to air on Jan. 28. “And there’s days where I have to stay in bed. It feels like you got hit by a bus. My life has completely changed since June 8.”

Durr, the second overall pick in the 2019 WNBA draft, detailed some of the worst symptoms she suffered during her battle with coronavirus.

“I couldn’t breathe,” Durr said. “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.”

She opted out of the 2020 WNBA season, as well as the season she was scheduled to play in France. And there remains no guarantee Durr will play again.

“Doctors said I’m not cleared yet to do anything physically that can cause flare ups,” Durr said. “That’s what’s really hard for me because in life whenever something was hard [in life], I would go and play. I can’t even do that now. I can’t even shoot a free throw.”

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