Season put on hold

Utah Jazz center, Rudy Gobert, has tested positive for COVID-19. The NBA is responding by suspending the season for the time being.



March 12, 2020 - 10:21 AM

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks a basket against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. Photo by Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/TNS

MIAMI (AP) — The NBA has suspended its season “until further notice” after a Utah Jazz player tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus, a move that came only hours after the majority of the league’s owners were leaning toward playing games without fans in arenas.

Now there will be no games at all, at least for the time being. A person with knowledge of the situation said the Jazz player who tested positive was center Rudy Gobert. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the league nor the team confirmed the test.

“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league said in a statement sent shortly after 9:30 p.m. EDT. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”

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