On Wednesday night, the NBA announced that the season will be suspended “until further notice.” Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus moments before the game between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder started.
Before the announcement, players were on the court for warm-ups. Later, after talking to the officials, the teams went back to the locker rooms. 30 minutes later, word got around that the scheduled game would be postponed.
The league announced that the suspension was going to begin on Thursday. However, the suspension took effect later in the night because the game between the Sacramento Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans was canceled. This was due to concern with one of the officials who had worked a Utah Jazz game earlier in the week. The referee’s name is Courtney Kirkland.
The coronavirus is not new to anyone in the NBA. Many members around the league considered the idea of playing games without fans in the arena. The NCAA has already announced that they will be doing this for both the Men’s and Women’s basketball tournaments later this month. Before the suspension, the Golden State Warriors heavily considered the idea of playing without fans for Thursday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.
The NBA has not specified how long the suspension will be for, or what will happen to the season. These details should emerge soon. There will be a meeting between the NBA and the Board of Governors at 12:30 PM Eastern time on Thursday to discuss next steps.