The National Basketball Association (NBA) have announced it has called-off the season until further notice after a Utah Jazz player Rudy Goobert tested positive.
The test result was reported shortly before tip-off between Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The game was eventually scrapped, league announced that the affected player, Rudy Gobert, was not in the arena as at time of reporting the league said.
“The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
Players from teams that the Jazz has played in the past 10 days were told to self-quarantine, according to ESPN reports from it’s sources.
Those teams include; Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors.
More than 125,000 people have been infected globally by the flu-like virus and more than 4,600 have died, according to a tally based on official announcements.
In the United States, more than 1,200 people have been infected with 38 deaths confirmed.
The pandemic has rocked other North American sports calendar, leading to the cancellation of the figure-skating world championships and the announcement that college basketball’s annual ‘March Madness’ tournament would take place without fans in attendance.
NBA Legend and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James made known his opinion of recent events as regards the virus in a tweet after making known earlier in the month won’t play a competitive basketball game if there are no spectators; “Man we cancelling sporting events, school, office work, etc etc.
“What we really need to cancel is 2020! Damn it’s been a rough 3 months. God bless and stay safe,” he stated, especially alluding to the death of NBA great Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash in January.
Other top individuals in the NBA have made known thei views as regards COVID-19;
Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said his team were “stunned.”
“This is a very serious time right now. I think the league moved appropriately and prudently,” he said.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said the situation was “crazy”.
“This can’t be true,” he told ESPN as his team played the Denver Nuggets.
“This is not in the realm of possibilities. This seems more like out of a movie than reality”.
New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings game was called off at the last minute, leading to tears from at least one young fan in attendance.
The NBA play-offs were scheduled to tip off on April 18 with the finals set to begin on June 4.