The NBA canceled all games “until further notice” because a player tested positive for the coronavirus. NBA owners had been looking at a proposal to temporarily play their games without fans because of concerns over the coronavirus crisis. They said in their statement below that they will use this time to discuss options.
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s game against the Utah Jazz was suddenly postponed tonight right before the start. The NBA reported that “the test result was reported shortly before the tip-off of tonight’s game” and “the affected player was not in the arena.”
The fans were in the stands and starting lineups were already announced with players on the court. There was a 35-minute delay and then it was announced that the game was canceled due to “unforeseen circumstances.”
Developing Story: OKC Thunder/Utah Jazz players walk out of arena before the game begins. Illnesses before the game caused a delay. They’re waiting on the NBA to issue further instruction.
— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) March 12, 2020
Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 but it’s being reported that Gobert was “feeling good, strong and stable…and was feeling strong enough to play tonight.”
He touched all of the mics at a press conference on Monday and now he’s tested positive for the virus:
Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz thought the NBA precautions were a joke — so he touched everything in the room.
He tested positive for coronavirus today & now the whole NBA is shut down. 😫
— An0maly (@LegendaryEnergy) March 12, 2020
The NBA’s statement is below: