The NBA decided to abruptly suspend the rest of the season following all games Wednesday evening after Utah Jazz player, Rudy Gobert, tests positive for COVID-19.
Utah was seconds away from tipping off at their game against the Thunder on Wednesday night when they were notified that the game would be delayed 30 minutes, soon after being completely cancelled. Nobody quite knew what was happening when a member of Thunder’s medical team approached and spoke to the referees on the court. Players immediately returned to their locker rooms.
Utah Jazz later released a statement explaining how an unidentified player tested positive for coronavirus. The player identified himself as Rudy Gobert.
The NBA was already losing money due to conflicts with the Chinese government. In addition to that, playoffs were in the near future – a time where the NBA expects both an increase in viewers and ratings.
The NBA is unsure what will happen in the future with the effects of the virus.
Cacciola, Scott, and Sopan Deb. “N.B.A. Suspends Season After Player Tests Positive for Coronavirus.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 12 Mar. 2020, http://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/11/sports/basketball/nba-season-suspended-coronavirus.html.