NBA suspends season after All-Star tests positive for COVID-19

News 12/03/2020

The NBA has suspended its season indefinitely after one of its players tested positive for Coronavirus.

Thursday's (NZ time) scheduled game between Kiwi Steven Adams' Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz was abandoned just before tipoff.

With a full stadium at Chesapeake Energy Arena, players had completed warm-ups and pre-match introductions, when medical staff ushered them back to the locker-rooms and spectators waited almost an hour, before an official announcement that the fixture had been postponed.

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert reportedly tested positive for the illness, with the other players quarantined in the stadium as the NBA announced it would suspend the competition.

A couple of days prior to the game, Gobert made a point of touching every reporter's microphone after an interview session.

Gobert reportedly wasn't in the arena when the news broke.

After the Jazz-Thunder game was called off, the NBA released a statement announcing the remainder of the season would be suspended.

"A player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19," announced the NBA. 

"The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of tonight's game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder.

"At that time, tonight's game was cancelled. The affected player was not in the arena.

"The NBA is suspending game play following the conculsion 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."