Today is an unprecedented day in NBA history. Following word that the league has suspended play indefinitely, nobody really knows what will happen next. When might games resume? If games resume, will fans attend? If games resume, will the league finish the season or skip straight to the playoffs? Nobody has answers to any of these questions.
In the meantime, here’s what we do know:
Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus last night, prompting the NBA’s swift shutdown.
Utah Jazz All-Star Rudy Gobert has tested positive for coronavirus, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 12, 2020
Sources say Gobert is feeling good, strong and stable — and was feeling strong enough to play tonight.
This morning Donovan Mitchell also tested positive.
Jazz star Donovan Mitchell has tested positive for the coronavirus, league sources tell ESPN. Jazz players privately say that Rudy Gobert had been careless in the locker room touching other players and their belongings. Now a Jazz teammate has tested positive.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 12, 2020
Sources: Donovan Mitchell was the only Jazz player/personnel to test positive for coronavirus out of 58 tests administered on Wednesday night. Remaining tests came back negative.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 12, 2020
The G League has also suspended operations.
The NBA G League has suspended its season after NBA's indefinite suspension.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 12, 2020
Other sports league seem likely to follow, including the likely cancellation of March Madness.
The CDC has advised that the best ways to slow or prevent the spread are to wash your hands regularly with warm water and soap, avoid touching your face, and avoid large gatherings. At this point the primary goal is to slow the spread so hospitals do not get overrun. We can all do our part to protect those at the highest risk, which are the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
Be safe. Wash your hands.