“The NBA will use this break to determine next steps regarding the coronavirus pandemic,” said Silver circuit, in a statement. “NBA suspends“
This stems from a positive COVID-19 test from a Utah Jazz player.
A person familiar with the matter said that the player in question is Rudy Gobert. The source said anonymously, as neither the NBA nor the Jazz confirmed a preliminary positive test.
Earlier Wednesday, the Oklahoma City Thunder was scheduled to host the Jazz, but the match was postponed due to “unforeseen circumstances”.
The starting lineups had been announced, and the match seemed to be about to start. But after the referees discussed with each other, the clubs returned to the locker room, then the officials left the field too.
The match was officially postponed about 35 minutes later.
About the interruption, a second source, who spoke to the PA anonymously, said the league expects a layoff of at least two weeks.
The NBA season has already been hectic. The league has lost up to US $ 400 million after a dispute with China following a twittering by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey. Former commissioner David Stern died in January and 25 days later, Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash.
The current pandemic, in addition to health concerns, could deprive the league of hundreds of millions, depending on the length of the outage. 259 regular season games remain, or about 20% of the schedule.
“The health and safety of our supporters, employees, players and partners is our number one priority,” said Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins. We fully support the NBA’s decision to postpone the games. “
The Toronto Raptors played in Salt Lake City on Monday. Gobert took part in the game, scoring six points, two flights and a block. In all, 34 different players have rubbed shoulders with him since last Friday.
Also earlier in the day, owners of the NBA held a conference call regarding concerns related to COVID-19.
According to a source familiar with the discussions, they leaned in favor of presenting the matches behind closed doors for a certain time, rather than postponing all the matches.
At that time, it was reported that the owners were to speak about it again on Thursday in order to make an official announcement.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For others, such as the elderly and people who already have health problems, the virus can cause more serious illnesses, including pneumonia.