Jazz’s Rudy Gobert Tests Positive for COVID-19, NBA Season Suspended
It first appeared as though the NBA was ready to move on with the season playing in empty arenas, but upon confirmation that Utah Jazz All-Star Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.
The Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz game was immediately called off as both teams went into quarantine in their respective locker rooms. Important to note, the affected Gobert was not at the arena at the time and according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Gobert feels well and stable at this time.
The NBA "will use hiatus to determine next steps moving forward," league says. https://t.co/tWoRO8pbfT
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 12, 2020
Shortly after, the league confirmed that the NBA will go on hiatus after tonight’s slew of games to consider its next steps.
“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” said the statement from the organization. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
On Monday, Rudy Gobert made a point of touching all the microphones and recorders at his media availability. Tonight, he tested positive for COVID-19.
— theScore (@theScore) March 12, 2020
More information on the league’s suspension should be expected to come out tomorrow.