Jazz-Thunder postponed after Rudy Gobert contracts coronavirus

The game between the Thunder and the Jazz in Oklahoma City was originally postponed on Wednesday night due to “unforeseen circumstances,” according to the league. But it later turned out that Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus, according to The Athletic.

Soon after, the NBA announced it was suspending its season, according to the website.

Early reports indicated concern around the Jazz center, who was listed as questionable with an illness before the game. Though Gobert’s specific illness is not known, this comes in the midst coronavirus pandemic and two days after he reportedly touched every reporter’s recorder during media availability — with players and writers spaced apart from one another.

Moments before tipoff, officials and coaches conversed before the teams went back to their locker rooms.

A little while later the NBA decided to call the game, drawing boos from the crowd. The Thunder PA announcer said: “The game tonight has been postponed. You’re all safe. Please take your time and leave the arena in an orderly manner. You’re all safe.”

Earlier, the NCAA made a decision to ban fans from attending its men’s and women’s basketball games due to the pandemic.

On Thursday, it was announced the Nets and Warriors game in San Francisco will be played without fans.

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