By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The NBA has suspended its season. At this time, there is no timetable for it to return.
The league made the announcement after the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder game was postponed at the Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Jazz center Rudy Gobert wanted to play.
However, there was a problem. He tested positive for the coronavirus.
It’s not clear when he tested positive for the disease. Just a few days ago, he told reporters not to worry about the coronavirus.
Also, it’s not clear when he may contracted the disease. Right now, inside the Chesapeake Energy Center, both the Jazz and the Thunder are being quarantined to see if they may have gotten the disease from their interaction with Gobert.
The league said that Gobert wasn’t in the arena. But the Jazz said he was going to play.
We have been able to confirm that while he may not have been at the arena, he is in Oklahoma City.
“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league said in a statement. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine [the] next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
The league was supposed to meet on Thursday to determine their next steps. But the situation with Gobert has changed that immediately.
This is a fluid situation, as other sports leagues, like the NHL and potentially even Major League Baseball may also suspend their seasons until further notice. The XFL may be forced to do the same.
But according to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the NHL has no plans on postpone their season at this time.
Right now, the NFL season is not impacted. However, their April Draft could be.
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