NBA suspends season after Utah Jazz players test positive for the coronavirus

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By Joseph Phillips
The Crusader Group, Sports Editor

After covering the Chicago Bulls versus Cleveland Cavaliers game on Tuesday night March 10, the NBA has suspended its season “until further notice” after a Utah Jazz player tested positive on Wednesday, night March 11, for the coronavirus.

“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” said the NBA league office in a statement issued shortly after 9:30 p.m. ET. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”

Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz Player

According to the league office, the player who tested positive for the virus was Utah Jazz all-star center Rudy Gobert. That led to Utah’s game versus Oklahoma City to be postponed prior to tipoff.

Players were on the floor for warmups when they were told to return to their locker rooms. About 30 minutes later, fans were told the game was postponed “due to unforeseen circumstances.”

Jazz and Thunder players are currently being quarantined at Chesapeake Energy Arena, according to the league office.

Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego, speaking before his team played at Miami on Wednesday — where news of the shutdown broke during the fourth quarter — said “these are scary times.”

As of Crusader press time, Rudy Gobert is the only player who has tested positive for the virus.

Update 3/12/2020

Jazz star player Donovan Mitchell, becomes second player to test positive for coronavirus in past 24 hours
By Joseph Phillips
Sports Editor
Donovan Mitchell (Facebook)

After Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, March 11, his teammate and franchise star Donovan Mitchell has tested positive for the virus on Thursday, March 12.

According to league sources, Jazz players privately say that Rudy Gobert had been careless in the locker room touching other players and their belongings.
And since then, a Jazz teammate has tested positive.
As of Crusader press time, Mitchell has become the second player to test positive for the virus in the last two days.

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