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Coronavirus: NBA to suspend season following Wednesday's games

Coronavirus: NBA to suspend season following Wednesday's games

The NBA suspended the season Wednesday night after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for coronavirus. According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, that player is All-Star center Rudy Gobert.

According to a league statement, the player's test result was reported just prior to the start of Wednesday night's game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. At that time, the game was cancelled.

The NBA announced it was indefinitely suspending the season following the completion of Wednesday's games. About an hour later, however, the Kings' game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Golden 1 Center was called off shortly before tipoff.

The G League announced it would also suspend its season hours after the NBA's announcement.

Shortly before tipoff in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, the Thunder's head medical doctor sprinted out on the court to discuss the situation with the officials. At that point, the two teams were sent back to their locker rooms, and minutes later, the arena PA announcer informed those in attendance that the game had been postponed. 

In a statement released Wednesday night, the Warriors said they "completely support" the decision to suspend the season.

"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," the statement read. "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."

Earlier Wednesday evening, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the consensus from the NBA Board of Governors was to continue the current season with no fans at games, pending commissioner Adam Silver's approval. 

 

The commissioner was expected to make a determination Thursday, but it appears the unusual scene in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night expedited that process.

What Warriors' Ron Adams believes is Alen Smailagic's best current skill

What Warriors' Ron Adams believes is Alen Smailagic's best current skill

During Alen Smailagic's rookie season with the Warriors, he showed flashes as to why Golden State traded two future second-round draft picks (2021 and 2023) to acquire him.

The No. 39 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft averaged 4.2 points and 1.9 rebounds in 9.9 minutes per game over 14 appearances.

"His best skill right now -- for a young guy, he's not afraid of the game," Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic last week. "He comes into the game and he's turned on. He makes some good plays.

"That was noticeable this year. His confidence, his savvy, whatever you want to call it. It was pretty impressive."

The 19-year-old has the utmost belief in himself, and doesn't shy away from the bright lights.

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Smailagic believes he already belongs and can have a big impact on the game.

This is an important mindset to possess as it can help when things aren't going your way. And the reality is that Smailagic is far from a finished product.

"He has a ways to go," Adams said. "I think he made great strides this year. He would get in the game and the only thing he thought about was how (he was) going to get the ball into the hoop (laughter). He was just really intent on that. 

"He began to understand the game in a different way. He began to understand the game the way Steve (Kerr) likes the game to be played. I thought he improved defensively."

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It's possible that the 6-foot-10 Serbian is a consistent rotation player next season. The Warriors would be ecstatic if that comes to fruition.

But he might not have a significant role, and he could end up spending a decent amount of time in the G League with the Santa Cruz Warriors.

That is all to-be-determined.

"He's a young developing player," Adams said. "And when that's the case, you can never be surprised when things happen more quickly than you think they should in terms of development, and you can't be disappointed when they don't."

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How latest reported NBA schedule timeline could affect Warriors, draft

How latest reported NBA schedule timeline could affect Warriors, draft

The Warriors know they practically are guaranteed to land a top-five pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Yet they still don't know when the draft -- originally scheduled for June 25 -- actually will take place.

But the latest intel from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is helping us narrow down the date.

The draft typically falls on the first Thursday after the scheduled date for Game 7 of the NBA Finals. So if we assume the league maintains that format, the Warriors could be making their selections on Oct. 15.

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To reiterate, we are making an assumption here and it's possible the NBA doesn't follow its normal protocol during these very uncertain times. 

But as Woj writes:

The expectation is that the NBA draft and the opening of free agency would follow in sequential order in October, sources said.

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If we apply the same logic for the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery -- which was slated for May 19 -- you can expect it to be held in mid-September.

We might know all of the specifics as early as Thursday because that's when the NBA's Board of Governors is expected to vote on the NBA's return-to-play proposal.

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