The NBA has suspended the 2019-20 season following concerns and uncertainties over coronavirus.
“The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic,” the league announced.
The NBA made an unprecedented decision to suspend games beginning Thursday.
The league announced in the afternoon that Golden State’s home game against Brooklyn Thursday night, in fact, would be played without permitting ticket holders into the Chase Center in San Francisco. But the events that scuttled the Jazz-Thunder game, and the ripple effects, prompted the league to invoke the hiatus.
Multiple reports cited Utah center Rudy Gobert as the infected player, although the league did not mention him by name. Denver coach Michael Malone also mentioned Gobert in his postgame news conference in Dallas.
The Jazz issued a statement that read in part: “This morning a player on the Utah Jazz tested negative for influenza, strep throat and an upper respiratory infection. The individual’s symptoms diminished over the course of today. However, in a precautionary measure and in consultation and cooperation with NBA medical staff and Oklahoma health officials, the decision was made to test for COVID-19.
“A preliminary positive result came back right before tip-off.”