The NBA announced today that it will be suspending all games “until further notice.” This announcement came at the heels of a commotion before the game between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
It was revealed in the official statement that a player from the Jazz tested positively for COVID-19, the first player with a confirmed case of the virus.
The announcement was the culmination of several events in the day related to the growing concerns over the coronavirus in the US.
Hours before the announcement, the Golden State Warriors already took a drastic step to protect their fans, players and officials from the outbreak. The Warriors announced that their game against the Nets, to be played on March 12 (March 13, Philippine time) would be played in an empty arena.
Following that announcement, there was in issue right before the start of the Jazz-Thunder game in Oklahoma City.
After the commotion, the game between the two teams was officially called off:
That was followed by an unforgettable couple of minutes wherein the news about the league suspending play, as well as the player who tested positive were reported.
Though the league or the team did not confirm who the player was but The Athletic’s Shams Charania is reporting that the player is Rudy Gobert.
Gobert wasn’t in the arena during the game.
In a statement by the team, they said that the player that tested positive was negative for several other diseases, that’s why they decided to test for COVID-19.
The Jazz were held behind in their locker rooms in the Chesapeake Energy Arena as the players and officials were tested for the virus. The left the area past 12 midnight after being tested. They’re staying in Oklahoma City until they get their results back.
Following everything that happened between the Jazz and Thunder, the NBA also cancelled the final game of the day between the Pelicans and Kings.