Fans and players grapple with news of the cancellation after Utah Jazz player reportedly tested positive for coronavirus

By Eric Nicole Salta | Photo by NeONBRAND/Unsplash

After news of Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus, the NBA has effectively suspended the 2019-20 season amid the coronavirus pandemic. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed in a tweet that players from Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder are now in quarantine.

In an official statement, the league said that the result “was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of tonight’s game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena,” but clarifying that the player (then unnamed in the statement) was not in the arena. The league was initially considering banning fans from games (something Lebron James was against). Stephen Curry also made his sentiments clear about it:

“Everything about our routines is reliant upon that kind of game day energy. Pulling up to the arena, seeing fans outside of Chase [Center] walking around in all the Warrior jerseys, even energy in the building, you can feel it all the way through the locker room, through the tunnel,” he said. “The only thing is try to have a conversation about how you raise your level of intensity from the jump because you don’t have that actual adrenaline rush of playing in front of 18,000 people like that.”

But in light of these new developments, all games have been suspended until further notice. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”

Many major sports events have also been forced to cancel or postpone their schedules amid the coronavirus pandemic. See here for the list.

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