The NBA will suspend game starting Thursday after a Utah Jazz player was tested positive for the latest coronavirus, the league said Wednesday. Soon before Utah’s game against the Thunder was to begin in Oklahoma City, the test result was announced, and that game was suddenly postponed. The league said the player involved was not at the venue.
On Wednesday, team owners had debated how the league would better react to the coronavirus outbreak. On Thursday in San Francisco, the Golden State Warriors revealed they will host the Brooklyn Nets behind closed doors after San Francisco city officials imposed a two-week ban on all events of over 1,000 people.
So, on Wednesday, NBA owners debated whether to delay the season or play in closed stadiums around the league instead. The decision is after the chaotic scenes in Oklahoma City. Players from Jazz and Thunder took the court to warm up. Soon before the tip-off was to return to their locker rooms. Until police began clearing the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The NBA did not mention the player name who tested positive. But many U.S. media outlets confirmes that it is Rudy Gobert. He is a French defensive star, who was first listed as questionable for the game. But then was out of the game with the disease. Teammate Emmanuel Mudiay also is suffering from an unidentified disease on the team’s injury report. Six NBA games set for Wednesday and four is occurring when the game calls off at Oklahoma City.