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NBA suspends season until further notice amid coronavirus outbreak

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The basketball world was in shock on Wednesday night after the NBA announced it was suspending the season as the coronavirus outbreak tightened its grip on the United States.

The first rumours of the move came after extraordinary scenes as the Oklahoma City Thunder hosted the Utah Jazz. The teams were on court and ready to tip off when the officials huddled in conversation and the players were told to go to the locker rooms. It later emerged one of Utah’s players had tested positive for coronavirus shortly before the start of the game. Reports indicated the player is the two-time defensive player of the year Rudy Gobert. It is understood he was not at the arena for Wednesday night’s game. The Jazz did not initially confirm the identity of the player but said in a statement: “The individual is currently in the care of health officials in Oklahoma City.”

The league then confirmed the season had been suspended while it considered how to deal with the pandemic.

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

Jazz and Thunder players were quarantined at the arena. Players from teams who have played the Jazz in the last 10 days – the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons and the reigning NBA champion Toronto Raptors – have also been told to self-quarantine, according to ESPN.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/mar/11/nba-suspend-season-coronavirus

 

I am pretty sure this is just the start, there will be way more sport events cancelled for sure. This is definitely some crazy timeline we live in right now, but well, at the end it is always more important to stay healthy.

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Yeah it's unfortunate. Even other games like soccer is suspended, schools are closing. Corona outbreak is a matter of life and death we can't just ignore it. It's good that people are aware though. It's scary, I hope it doesn't get to out country. 

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F1 and Premier League now has been put on hold with future discussions to cancel the F1 this year. Its all crazy

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