Things changed very quickly in the NBA on Wednesday.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver reportedly was expected to announce Thursday that the remainder of the season would be played in empty arenas, but the league instead suspended its season Wednesday night after a player on the Utah Jazz tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The player reportedly was Utah center Rudy Gobert, and the Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder game was then suspended.
Current and former NBA players found about the league's plan at the same time as everyone else, and their live reactions on Twitter were something to behold.
It’s done https://t.co/yxdijPXFhq— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) March 12, 2020
Damn— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) March 12, 2020
This is some wild shit— Trevor Booker (@35_Fitz) March 12, 2020
Not gonna lie, I'm scared. But need to remind myself that God is ALWAYS in control. Always. Revelation 1:17 🙏🏼🙏🏼— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) March 12, 2020
This is crazy 😳😳😳— Tristan Thompson (@RealTristan13) March 12, 2020
I hope all the players take some time to really work on life outside of basketball . Using your resources and celebrity to your advantage . Take the meetings. Diversify and learn to explore other avenues of income while you’re still in the league. Bc when it’s over it’s over !— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) March 12, 2020
The Kings originally were supposed to play the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA's final game before the season was suspended. But that game was suspended, too, and a league source told NBC Sports California's James Ham that the Pelicans wouldn't take the court after learning referee Courtney Kirkland officiated the Jazz's game Monday.
In a matter hours, the NBA headed into an indefinite future with no games.
🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) March 12, 2020
2020 crazy...— Ian Clark (@IanClark) March 12, 2020
Stay Safe Everyone! 🙏— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) March 12, 2020
Well I just hope this will not last long, and I hope everyone stays safe! Take care people, be smart and don’t panic that doesn’t help!— Bogdan Bogdanovic (@LeaderOfHorde) March 12, 2020
See you soon! 🤗💜
2020 is being very bad year!! stay safe folks🙏— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) March 12, 2020
TO BE CONTINUED.!!! 🤞🏾❤️— JAE CROWDER (@CJC9BOSS) March 12, 2020
If the NBA doesn't resume its season as some around the league reportedly fear, Wednesday could've been Vince Carter's last game. Carter has been a fixture in the league, playing 22 seasons across four decades.
in what could possibly be Vince Carter’s final moment as an NBA player, he enters game in final seconds and drills 3. pic.twitter.com/g2qiIZMkhb— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) March 12, 2020
In the midst of everything. LETS CELEBRATE VINCE CARTER!!!! We don’t know what the future holds buts let’s give him his flowers and applause tonight!!!! Well done champ🌹🌹🌹— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) March 12, 2020
“Game’s been good.”— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 12, 2020
Vince Carter got teary-eyed when discussing potentially playing his final game. pic.twitter.com/a2WFp8kBDm
Such a weird night but I am truly thankful for each and every person during this 22yr journey.— Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15) March 12, 2020
If this is really it, I thank everyone for your love and support for all these years.
B E Z✌🏽
Now, Carter and the rest of the NBA will wait and see what's next.
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