The NBA launched Wednesday that it has suspended its 2019-20 season until extra uncover after a player for the Utah Jazz examined positive for the coronavirus.
League sources knowledgeable ESPN and The Athletic that the player is Jazz center Rudy Gobert. The All-Star large man was listed as questionable for Wednesday’s sport in opposition to the Oklahoma City Thunder resulting from illness.
“The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19,” the league said in an announcement.
“The check out consequence was reported shortly earlier to the tip-off of tonight’s sport between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. At that time, tonight’s sport was canceled. The affected player was not inside the space.
“The NBA is suspending sport play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of video games till additional discover. The NBA will use this hiatus to find out subsequent steps for shifting ahead in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
The league launched the selection after the game between the Jazz and Thunder was postponed seconds sooner than tip-off.
Gobert, who in no way entered the sector, nevertheless, was in Oklahoma City, was feeling sturdy ample to play in Wednesday’s sport in opposition to the Thunder, in response to ESPN and The Athletic. If he had been cleared of the virus, he was set to play.
“This morning a player on the Utah Jazz examined unfavorable for influenza, strep throat, and a higher respiratory an infection,” the Jazz said in an announcement Wednesday night time time.
“The specific individual’s indicators diminished over the course of proper this second. However, in a precautionary measure, and in session and cooperation with NBA medical staff and Oklahoma well-being officers, the selection was made to verify for COVID-19.
“We are working closely with the CDC, Oklahoma, and Utah state officials and the NBA to determine how to best move forward as we gather more information. The individual is currently in the care of health officials in Oklahoma City. In coordination with the NBA and state officials, we will provide updates at the appropriate time.”
Jazz and Thunder players had been on the bottom for warm-ups after that they had been instructed to return to their locker rooms. About 30 minutes later, followers had been educated that the game was postponed “due to unforeseen circumstances.”
Players from every team are being quarantined at Chesapeake Energy Arena, in response to ESPN.