The NBA has confirmed its season has been suspended after a player has tested positive on Wednesday for coronavirus. The Thunder and Jazz were moments from tipoff when a trainer approached referees. Moments later, players, coaches and referees left the court. The game was then suspended as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus.
An hour later, the NBA announced that the season would be suspended. Games on Wednesday, other than the game between the Jazz and Thunder, will be allowed to conclude, making the decision effective on Thursday.
“The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz preliminary tested positive for COVID-19,” the NBA said in a statement. “The test result was reported shortly prior of tonight’s game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. At that time, tonight’s game was canceled. The affected player was not in the arena.”
NBA announces the season has been suspended: pic.twitter.com/NkN6OklL6I
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) March 12, 2020
Members of the sports league and fans are going online and giving their reaction to the announcement. Check them out below.
Mark Cuban says he's going to put a program in place to take care of Mavericks concession workers and others making hourly pay who will lose work time due to NBA coronavirus shutdown pic.twitter.com/hbCWnMI8H5
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) March 12, 2020
"Man, #coronavirus ain't shit, the flu worse man!"
*NBA season canceled, Tom Hanks gets it, NHL season canceled*
— Sonof Mosta (@Sonof_Mosta) March 12, 2020
Every NBA fan after hearing the season has been suspended. 😭🏀 #NBATwitter #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/zZL8xOSAjD
— Da Kid Gowie (@DaKidGowie) March 12, 2020
Mark Cuban reacts moments after the NBA season was suspended. pic.twitter.com/4g8Z7yLts6
— ESPN (@espn) March 12, 2020
NBA moving to Onlyfans next season
— 12th Bruin (@12thbruin) March 12, 2020
in what could possibly be Vince Carter’s final moment as an NBA player, he enters game in final seconds and drills 3. pic.twitter.com/g2qiIZMkhb
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) March 12, 2020
Mark Cuban said this like a movie.
It was literally a scene in Space Jam. pic.twitter.com/vNrUvDqrWO
— John Elizondo (@johndelizondo) March 12, 2020
— Daddy Matty (@YANKEE__MATT) March 12, 2020