The NBA announced Wednesday that it is suspending its 2020 season after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to CBS News, the test result was reported before the cancellation of Wednesday night’s game between Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Utah team is currently quarantined in Oklahoma City, with the players staying at the arena after being tested. Teams who have played against the Jazz in the last 10 days have also been told to self-quarantine, the league said.
College basketball’s Nebraska Cornhuskers were temporarily in isolation after head coach Fred Hoiberg was taken to the hospital but he was later released with a common cold.
Several players reacted to the news on Twitter.
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
This is crazy 😳😳😳
— Tristan Thompson (@RealTristan13) March 12, 2020
This news comes with the outbreak across the nation where more than 1,000 confirmed cases have been reported. So far, 32 deaths have been reported.
Wednesday, the NCAA announced it made the decision to hold the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments without fans due to the ongoing crisis.