With the WNBA season around the corner, the New York Liberty have lost Asia Durr for 2020 thanks to COVID-19
The 2020 WNBA season just lost a little most of it lustre when Asia Durr announced that she was going to miss the season in the “wubble”. She is not the only player to pull out due to COVID-19, however, she is one of the only players who has pulled out due to the effects of the virus.
Durr, in her second year with the New York Liberty, contracted the illness on June 8th and is still fighting the effects of the virus almost a month later. That is how severe this virus is.
Durr obviously wanted to play, waiting until the last moment to announce that she was a high risk player and would not be able to play the season in the so called “wubble.”
While this is a blow for the Liberty, it was the only call that Durr could make, and therefore was the right one. It is not only her health that comes into the question. As a player diagnosed with COVID-19 and still struggling to recover from it, she would have been putting her teammates and the entire league at risk.
I respect the courage this call took to make and it shows that Durr is a player who has the bigger picture in mind. All is not lost for the Liberty, despite losing legend Tina Charles in the off-season and Rebecca Allen also chosing not to play this season.
They will debut No. 1 draft pick and triple double threat Sabrina Ionescu this season, pairing her up with the new face of the franchise Kia Nurse. That pairing alone is going to make the Liberty a team worth watching this season.