Rudy Gobert reportedly tests positive for coronavirus; Thunder and Jazz players quarantined

The growing concerns surrounding the coronavirus reached a tipping point in the NBA. The league announced it has suspended the season after Wednesday night’s matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz was postponed after Jazz center tested for coronavirus, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and the Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Just prior to tip-off, a Thunder medical staffer “sprinted” onto the floor to meet with officials, according to a report from Royce Young of ESPN, who was at the arena. After a brief consultation, head coaches Quin Snyder and Billy Donovan were brought over and both teams then made their way back to their locker rooms. 

As the teams walked off the court, the referees then got on the headset with the league, and after a brief discussion, they too left. That then led to an eery delay that included the Thunder mascot shooting halfcourt shots, children performing a dance routine and Frankie J giving a mini concert that was initially scheduled for halftime. 

After about 30 minutes, the Thunder PA announcer told fans that the game was off. “Due to unforeseen circumstances the game tonight has been postponed,” the PA announcer said. “You are all safe.”

Later in the night, Tony Jones of The Athletic reported that both locker rooms were being quarantined, and players were not allowed to leave. It’s not clear at this time how long that process will last. Prior to the game on Wednesday, the team announced that Gobert and Emmanuel Mudiay were both out for the game due to an illness. 

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