NBA Announces Season Suspension

On March 11, 2020, the National Basketball Association (NBA) suspended the season after a player on the Utah Jazz tested positive COVID-19

Shayne Zientek, Social Media Manager

Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz was feeling ill and team’s medical staff asked him to be tested for the coronavirus. He tested positive, which caused for the Wednesday night scheduled game between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder to be postponed. Tests were given out to all the Jazz players and staff; All-Star Donavon Mitchell tested positive for the virus as well. It has been said that Gobert was careless in the locker room and was touching players belongings and such.

Many players and affiliates are reacting to the breaking news, feeling confused and overwhelmed with the situation. At the start of the new year, the tragic death of Kobe Bryant shocked the world and had an immediate, long lasting impact on the NBA community. LeBron James took to twitter and said, 

This is still a developing situation, so not many players have given their thoughts on the matter. However, point guard for the Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry did give his thoughts on the season suspension, 

“2020 aint it. Don’t know what to compare this situation to…just gotta buckle up and take care of yourself and those around you. Basketball will be back at some point but right now, protect yourself and stay safe out there!”

It is clear that this is having an impact on everyone involved, including workers at the arenas that games are held. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban set up a plan to make sure the employees at American Airlines Center where the Mavericks play still get compensation.

“I reached out…to find out what it would cost to financially support people who aren’t going to be able to come to work…We’ve already started the process.”

There are still 259 games left to be played in the season, roughly 21% of the schedule. There is no clear answer on when things will continue or even if these games will be played or not. It is unclear how long the league will be under suspension, but the board of governors will be conducting a meeting on the matter Thursday, March 12th. 

 

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