The NBA has Suspended the Season
The NBA has suspended the season.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 12, 2020
Just before tip-off of the Jazz-Thunder game, both teams were pulled off the floor. Later, we would learn that Jazz Center Rudy Gobert tested positive for Coronavirus. Yesterday, people laughed at Rudy Gobert making light of the situation when he jokingly put his hands all over sound equipment after some media availability. Denver guard Emmanual Mudiay was also held out of tonight’s game with illness, no word on his condition has been reported.
Rudy Gobert was funny af when he did this 😂 pic.twitter.com/WpWj6CpWfC
— SportsShitNoOneSays (@SNOSSports) March 12, 2020
As a precaution, all of the Jazz and Thunder players are being quarantined to Chesapeake Energy Arena. Listen to the MC break the news to the fans. Scary stuff.
Breaking: The Thunder-Jazz game has been postponed to a later date, per the NBA. pic.twitter.com/4z8liN5Kra
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 12, 2020
Earlier today, the NCAA announced that they will hold both the Men’s and Women’s tournaments without fans in attendance. We will see if they begin to follow the example the NBA has set. The NBA and NCAA have never canceled or called a hiatus to their respective seasons due to an outbreak.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 12, 2020
We are awaiting the NHL to also make a statement regarding the remainder of the season. It looks like they will be making their decision tomorrow. I would be shocked if they don’t follow the NBA’s lead on this one. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
The year 2020 is already the most bizarre and memorable year in sports history. From the tragic passing of Kobe and Gianna Bryant, to Rudy Gobert contracting Coronavirus, causing the NBA to suspend their season. The pure unprecedented nature of this situation is leaving the entire world baffled. It seems like the severity of the situation has not hit yet.
The NBA, NCAA, and NHL seasons will all likely be taking a hiatus due to a viral outbreak.
Just let that sink in.
Who knows going forward if the NFL will cancel its draft, pro days, or OTA’s or if the start of the MLB season will be delayed. We are truly treading in uncharted water here.
We all just have to sit back and let the CDC do its job and for the protocol to run its course. I am relieved the NBA is taking such drastic measures in situations like this. It would be foolish to put a single person’s life at risk for a game.