NBA suspends season after Jazz center Rudy Gobert tests positive for coronavirus

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, right, guards San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the second half during an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, right, guards San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the second half during an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

The NBA has suspended its season indefinitely after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus, which is also known as COVID-19.

The test result was reported shortly before the Jazz and Thunder were set to play in Oklahoma City. Teams were removed from the court and the game was initially postponed.

The league issued a release that stated games would be suspended until further notice. The Spurs were set to host the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

The NBA’s statement below read in part:

“The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off 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,” the statement reads. “The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”


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