New York Liberty guard Asia Durr said during an Instagram Live session on Tuesday that she has been cleared to resume basketball activities after missing the past two seasons while dealing with prolonged COVID-19 symptoms.
Durr, the No. 2 pick in the 2019 WNBA draft, explained that she had to undergo heart testing after contracting the coronavirus — as directed by the WNBA — and “all my tests came back fine.”
“I’ve only trained for the past month, but now I can officially train,” Durr said on Tuesday. “The doctors can clearly see that I’ve been outside and I’m not in the best shape. So I literally just started training again about six weeks ago. That was my first time training in two years and since I’ve had COVID I will train every day to play next year.
“I’ve missed two good seasons because of COVID. Sit back and watch my teammates. I’m excited to play with my team, man. This isn’t one of those things where you wake up tomorrow and it’s there. This is a day…in and day-out process.”
Durr was a standout in Louisville, leading the Cardinals to the 2018 Women’s Final Four. She averaged 9.7 points in her rookie season with the Liberty but was limited to 18 games due to a hip injury that required surgery. off season requirement. She was expected to be back in full force for 2020, but was diagnosed with COVID-19 in June of that year.
Several other WNBA players have also dealt with the virus. Some, such as Durr, received medical exemptions for the 2020 season and received their paychecks. Others were able to recover and play in the bubble in Bradenton, Florida. The Liberty had the league’s worst record that season at 2-20.
Durr told ESPN in January 2021 that she was still dealing with many ailments, including fatigue, headaches and a feeling of “mist” when it came to concentration and memory.
She explained at the time: “It’s been so unpredictable – one day I feel better. The next I feel terrible. It’s just so much about this is unknown. We’re still trying to learn. But I’m doing everything I can it. I’m a fighter, I’m not going to give up.”
Durr was unable to return for the 2021 season. The Liberty finished 12-20 and advanced to the first round of the playoffs where they lost a single-elimination game to Phoenix.
Durr is eager to get where she can help the team again.
“Since I started training again in late September, I feel so much better,” she said. “I went to my doctor’s appointment and he told me, ‘AD, I feel like the only way you’re going to feel better is if you start working again to get back into it.'”