Coronavirus: NBA suspends league as Steven Adams, teammates quarantined

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Thu, 12 Mar 2020, 3:06PM
Rudy Gobert. Photo / Getty
Rudy Gobert. Photo / Getty

Coronavirus: NBA suspends league as Steven Adams, teammates quarantined

Author
AP,
Publish Date
Thu, 12 Mar 2020, 3:06PM

The NBA has made the decision to suspend the remainder of the current season following one of its players testing positive for coronavirus.

According to media reports in the US, Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert has tested positive for Covid-19.

The Jazz's game against Steven Adams' Oklahoma City Thunder had earlier been delayed and later cancelled following the news.

The starting lineups were announced, which included the big Kiwi star, and it appeared the game was ready to start. Then, after conversation among the officials, the teams went back to the locker rooms and the officials left the floor.

Basketball fans leave Chesapeake Energy Arena after it is announced that an NBA basketball game between Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz in Oklahoma City has been postponed. Photo / AP
Basketball fans leave Chesapeake Energy Arena after it is announced that an NBA basketball game between Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz in Oklahoma City has been postponed. Photo / AP

The Thunder mascot and their hype crew, the Storm Chasers, tried to keep a full house of fans entertained during the delay. The halftime entertainment was moved up to pregame.

Jazz centre Gobert and point guard Emmanuel Mudiay were scratched about an hour before the game because of undisclosed illnesses, with NBA reporter Shams Charania later confirming Gobert tested positive.

Both the Jazz and the Thunder are currently quarantined in the OKC area following Gobert's positive test.

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