A couple of days after Rudy Gobert mocked concern over the coronavirus by making a point of running his hands over reporters’ recorders and microphones, the Utah Jazz big man tested positive for COVID-19 prompting the NBA to suspend the season on Wednesday, March 11.
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Currently, the NBA commissioner Adam Silver and owners have agreed to wait 30 days to reassess the situation to see if there is a chance of salvaging the 2019-20 season or if it will need to be cancelled. Playing games as late as July or early August has not been ruled out.
At least a couple of teams wasted no time taking to the world of virtual sports to fill the vacuum created by the absence of real-life games. The Phoenix Suns came up with the idea of contesting their games via NBA 2K20 and took on the Dallas Mavericks in a Twitch broadcast.
Luka Doncic scored 50 points to lead the Mavericks to a 150-136 victory, which may lead the Suns to reconsider their video-game strategy moving forward.
Detroit Pistons‘ Christian Wood has tested positive for coronavirus, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Wood had 30 and 11 rebounds against Rudy Gobert on Saturday night before a career-high 32 on Wednesday.
Sources say Wood has shown no symptoms and is doing well.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 15, 2020
On March 14, Detroit Pistons Christian Wood become the third NBA player (along with Gobert and Mitchell to test positive for coronavirus.
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— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) March 14, 2020
NBA stars, commentators and fans took to social media to express their feelings regarding the sudden, shocking interruption in play. Notably, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love pledged $100,000 to help tide over arena workers affected by the shutdown, prompting Giannis Antetokounmpo, Zion Williamson, Blake Griffin, Steph Curry, Gobert and others to follow suit.
Man we cancelling sporting events, school, office work, etc etc. What we really need to cancel is 2020! 🤦🏾♂️. Damn it’s been a rough 3 months. God bless and stay safe🙏🏾
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 12, 2020
It’s bigger than basketball! And during this tough time I want to help the people that make my life, my family’s lives and my teammates lives easier. Me and my family pledge to donate $100,000 to the Fiserv Forum staff. We can get through this together! 🙏🏽
— Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) March 13, 2020
— Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) March 14, 2020
2020 aint it. Don't know what to compare this situation to…just gotta buckle up and take care of yourself and those around you. Basketball will be back at some point but right now, protect yourself and stay safe out there!
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) March 12, 2020
We all have to take responsibility for ourselves and do whatever it takes to #stopthespread. There’s a sense of urgency to flatten the curve and give ourselves and the healthcare system the best chance to get through this pandemic. Share this message and let’s protect each other! pic.twitter.com/T8JfydahCu
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) March 15, 2020
back at you. just following suit https://t.co/eQHrdodond
— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin23) March 13, 2020
It’s important we listen to the CDC and WHO. Please everyone stay safe out there. These are crazy times and we all need to look out for one another https://t.co/0fZrWpMcEN
— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) March 15, 2020