BREAKING: NBA Suspends Season Indefinitely Due To Coronavirus
March. 12, 2020
The National Baskeball Association (NBA) has postponed the 19-20 season indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak.
A Utah Jazz player has tested positive for the virus prior to their game against Oklahoma City Thunder, and the basketball regulating body made the decision to suspend all games after Wednesday night's matches were concluded.
The NBA has released a press statement saying:
"The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic," the league announced.
"A player on the Utah Jazz preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off," according to the news release.
"At that time, tonight's game was cancelled. The affected player was not in the arena."
On wednesday, the NBA Board of Governors had a meeting to discuss the virus, the safety of the fans, staff, players and presented scenarios for handling the epidemic, from playing regular-season games behind closed doors to suspending the season temporarily.
The league announced on wednesday afternoon that Golden State Warrior's home game against Brooklyn Net scheduled for Thursday night, would be played without spectators at the Chase Center in San Francisco. However the latest series of events have prompted the league to invoke the suspension.
Multiple reports are indicating that Utah center Rudy Gobert as the infected player, although the league did not disclose any identity. Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone also mentioned Gobert in his postgame press briefing in Dallas, Texas.
Utah Jazz issued a statement saying: "This morning a player on the Utah Jazz tested negative for influenza, strep throat and an upper respiratory infection. The individual's symptoms diminished over the course of today. However, in a precautionary measure and in consultation and cooperation with NBA medical staff and Oklahoma health officials, the decision was made to test for COVID-19.
"A preliminary positive result came back right before tip-off."
The Jazz said they are collaborating with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the league and officials in Oklahoma and Utah to curtail the spread of CVID-19. The Utah player is currently receiving care in Oklahoma City.
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