WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The NBA postponed its season “until further notice” on Wednesday night after confirming that a Jazz player tested positive for COVID-19.
- The league is set to make a decision over the Coronavirus scare, but the player’s diagnosis forced an earlier announcement.
- The association has continuously reminded all the players to the virus outbreak seriously.
On Wednesday night, NBA declared a season suspension after one of the players of Utah Jazz was found to be positive with Coronavirus.
The American professional basketball league announced that it is temporarily putting off the rest of the season starting that night, indefinitely.
They added that the association would take the opportunity, moving forward, as far as dealing with the Coronavirus epidemic is concerned.
The NBA did not mention any player on their press statement, but an insider named Utah Jazz’s center Rudy Gobert as one of the reasons behind the league’s decision.
The resource person asked not to be mentioned as he is not the authority and also considering the serious nature of the circumstance.
Earlier that day, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and team executives sat for a conference call to lay down their course of actions amidst the rising Coronavirus cases. While the association prefers to continue the games less the fan’s attendance, some team owners called for the suspension of the season.
The meeting concluded, and the league decided to come up with a final announcement on Thursday. However, the confirmation of Gobert’s case forced the NBA to decide earlier.
In an earlier report by health experts, 14 days is the recommended quarantine period for those who had a reason to believe that they had been exposed to the Coronavirus.
NBA requested all the players on teams that had played against the Jazz in the last ten days, to undergo self-quarantine.
On Utah’s game against Oklahoma on Wednesday, Gobert has called in sick and was not at the Warrior’s arena. The game was suspended just before the tip-off, right after the Coronavirus test result for Rudy came out positive.
Utah Jazz, on a written statement Wednesday night, affirmed that tests on their player were found to be just flu and strep throat. Tests also came out as negative for influenza.
The statement also said the player’s condition had improved that day, but when the player was tested for Coronavirus, the result came out positive.
The decision of the NBA to suspend that night’s game was based on preliminary findings of a positive result against the player.
The NBA further said that they are closely working with all the officials of both teams, and the CDC, to determine their next best move forward and assured the fans and the public of updates on the players and the league’s situation.
It was reported that earlier this week, Gobert interacted with reporters and teasingly touched reporters’ microphones and recording devices.
Previously, the association had sent several memos reminding players not to take the Coronavirus issue lightly.
Jazz has reportedly gone against the Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, and Boston Celtics in the past week.
Source: USA Today