On Wednesday night, the NBA announced that games would be suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The decision came following the news that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert had contracted the virus. It was later revealed that Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell had also tested positive. On Thursday, it was reportedly decided that the suspension would be for a minimum of 30 days.
That, combined with the NCAA’s decision to cancel March Madness, means we’re going to be without basketball for quite some time.
It’s safe to say that everyone who plays in the NBA has some strong feelings on the matter. A few Golden State Warriors players shared their thoughts on social media, covering a wide range of sentiments. Check it out:
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
2020 is cancelled!— Eric Paschall (@epaschall) March 12, 2020
No NCAA tourney hurts. Can’t imagine how some players and coaches feel!— Eric Paschall (@epaschall) March 12, 2020
Uhhh— Kyran Bowman (@KyranBowman) March 12, 2020
This is how you get it done! Way to go Katie. https://t.co/0bxfxKjPih— Steve Kerr (@SteveKerr) March 12, 2020
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As we noted earlier today, with the escalating situation surrounding COVID-19, we find ourselves in a rapidly-changing environment by the day, if not the hour. We have seen that precise scenario unfold over the course of today and we completely support the NBA’s decision to suspend our season until further notice. The health and safety of our fans, staff and players has always been, and always will be, our top priority.
Like always, we’ll keep you updated if any new information comes out regarding the season.
As a reminder, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is asking people to:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
This story will be updated with more information. For more information on the coronavirus, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus.