The NBA has suspended its season indefinitely after two Utah Jazz players tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).
In a statement, the NBA said it was suspending play until further notice and would use the hiatus to determine the next steps for moving forward.
Utah star center Rudy Gobert tested positive right before the start of the game against Oklahoma City. Players and coaches on both sides were tested with Utah’s Donovan Mitchell also testing positive for COVID-19.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said during ESPN’s broadcast that he was shocked by the news that the season was being suspended.
“This is crazy. This can’t be true,” he said. “It seemed more like out of a movie than reality.”
Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City players were on the floor for warm-ups when they were told to return to the locker rooms. About 30 minutes later, fans were told by the public-address announcer that the game was postponed “due to unforeseen circumstances.”
For the next several hours, players on both sides were tested and were not allowed to leave the arena.
According to reports, five teams (Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors) had played against the Jazz over the past 10 days were told to self-quarantine.
With just around 20% of the regular season left to play, nobody knows if, or when things will resume.