Coronavirus Finds it’s Way to the NBA

At this point, the sports world feels like a dream. Games and matches are being played without fans, college tournaments are getting canceled, and the NBA just suspended its season. On Wednesday night, Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for the COVID-19 or “Corona Virus’ ‘. On Thursday morning, it was announced that fellow Jazz star Donovan Mitchell also tested positive for the Coronavirus. Between these two announcements, many things happened in the NBA. Commissioner Adam Silver announced that the NBA season will be suspended until further notice. With two NBA players already having tested positive, the entire league is at risk. It is unclear how long Gobert and Mitchell have been carrying the virus and that puts all the teams they have played recently at risk. Both the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder had to be quarantined which led to the league quarantine the 5 teams that the Jazz most recently played being the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, and Boston Celtics. This is one of, if not the craziest, days in NBA history.
The NBA is now weighing their options for the rest of the season. 21% of the league’s schedule is left to be played and that could possibly be moved to either the summer or dismissed and the league would go straight into the playoffs. Even talking about this feels uncomfortable. This season is one of the most competitive seasons we have seen in a while and it’s done. There is a little bit of hope for the league as Adam Silver has come out and said that the league will reevaluate in 30 days. With mostly every league in the world being suspended or playing without fans, it is mindblowing what is going on and the only thing that anyone can do is stay safe and keep praying that things will get better.


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