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NBA Season Suspended Indefinitely As Player Test Positive For Coronavirus 😷

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The NBA suspended their season “until further notice” after a player tested positive for the killer coronavirus.

The league‘s shocking move came after French Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, which has killed at least 37 people in the US. Tests were carried out on players shortly before tip-off between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, which was eventually cancelled.

Players from both teams are currently quarantined inside the Thunder’s Chesapeake Energy Arena as US cases of the killer virus top 1,200 as of March 11. Reports indicate athletes on the Cavaliers, Knicks, Celtics, Pistons & Raptorsare now being told to self-quarantine as they were the last five teams to take on the Jazz.

New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor (8) drives to the basket against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center.

After one was diagnosed after a preliminary test, the league moved to suspend all games until deciding on their next course of action. Players were on the floor for warmups and tip-off was moments away when they were told to return to their locker rooms.

Fans were told the game was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances about 30 minutes later amid the ongoing coronavirus fears. In a brief statement, the league said: “The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”

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The Jazz also released a statement saying a player – they did not identify Gobert – tested negative for flu, strep throat and an upper respiratory infection. The player’s symptoms reportedly diminished as the day went along, but the decision was made to test for COVID-19 anyway – and it came back with a preliminary positive result. “The individual is currently in the care of health officials in Oklahoma City,” the team’s statement read, adding that updates would follow.

For those involved in the popular league, the measures were drastic but necessary given the confirmed case. “It’s a very serious time right now,” Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I think the league moved appropriately and prudently and we’ll all just have to monitor the situation and see where it goes from here.

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) boxes out Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III, right, during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game

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