BY MASON BISSADA
This developing story was updated at 12PM Pacific Time on March 12th.
The National Basketball Association has suspended its season in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi.
After initially taking the precaution of not allowing fans into certain arenas for games, the league decided to suspend the season entirely when Utah Jazz Center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the Coronavirus.
The two-time Defensive Player of the Year is supposedly doing well according to fellow NBA player and French national teammate Evan Fournier, who tweeted “Was just on the phone with Rudy. He is doing good. Lets not panic everyone. Love you all.”
The entire Jazz roster was tested for the virus. Rumors that Gobert’s teammate Emmanuel Mudiay had also tested positive for the virus were inaccurate, but fellow All-Star Donovan “Spider” Mitchell confirmed on Instagram that he had tested positive. The NBA advised all the teams that have played the Jazz in the last 10 days to self-quarantine until they have been tested.
The last day of the 2019-20 season was scheduled for April 15th, with the Finals set to start on June 4th. As of now, the league is suspended “indefinitely,” leaving many to believe games will not resume any time soon.
22-year veteran Vince Carter, who was planning on finally retiring at the end of the season, came to terms with the idea that he’d just played in his final NBA game during his postgame press conference Wednesday following an overtime loss to the Knicks. “Game’s been good,” Carter said after what might have been his last game. “Basketball’s been good to me. I’ve enjoyed each and every moment of it. Good and bad. So if this is it, it’s all good.”
On Thursday morning the NHL followed suit by pausing their season effective immediately, and Major League Baseball has also cancelled all remaining exhibition games in both Arizona and Florida and announced that the start of the regular season will be delayed by at least two weeks.