NBA Season Suspended Indefinitely Amid Coronavirus Scare

Kansas City's Morning News
March 12, 2020 - 1:49 pm
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The NBA has suspended its season for at least 30 days, the league reportedly told teams on Thursday.

The season was initially suspended indefinitely on Wednesday after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19 prior to a game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder.

The NBA has told its teams that the league will be suspended for 30 days, minimum.

— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) March 12, 2020

The NBA postponed the game shortly before tip-off, and later decided that all games will be suspended following the conclusion of Wednesday night's schedule, although the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans game never tipped off.

The NBA has suspended the season pic.twitter.com/BQpPYkPqWv

— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) March 12, 2020

Gobert was not in the arena Wednesday night, but Royce Young of ESPN reported taht players on both the Jazz and Thunder were being quarantined in the locker room to be tested for the coronavirus.

On Thursday, Gobert's teammate Donovan Mitchell tested positive for the coronavirus. He is the only other positive test in the NBA that is known.

Over the last eight days, the Jazz have played Toronto, Detroit, Boston and New York.

Prior to the NBA's decision to suspend the season, there were reports that the league was considering pushing back the calendar and playing games without fan attendance — which is what the NCAA has decided to do for all Division I games, including the March Madness tournament.

Since the NBA's decision, the MLS, NHL and several NCAA conference tournaments have followed suit, while Duke and Kansas have suspended all sports until further notice.

Whether or not the NBA will return to the regular season or go straight into the postseason is still unknown.

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