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NBA suspending season after player tests positive for coronavirus

NBA suspending season after player tests positive for coronavirus

Updated: 10:40 p.m.

The NBA is suspending its season.

A player on the Jazz, who Shams Charania of the Athletic reported is All-Star center Rudy Gobert, has preliminary tested positive for COVID-19. The result came before the game in Oklahoma City between the Jazz and Thunder which was postponed at that time. Players from both teams are currently being quarantined in Chesapeake Energy Arena, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Jazz released the following statement:

At Utah's shootaround Monday, media were kept 6-8 feet away from all players for precautionary reasons. Gobert touched microphones after his media session ended.

Initially, the NBA intended to suspend play following the conclusion of all games on the schedule Wednesday. Before the West Coast games began, the league ultimately decided to postpone them as well. The league will use the hiatus to determine its next steps in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.

The G League also annonunced that it has suspended its season.

Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant randomly bought a minority stake in the Philadelphia Union

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Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant randomly bought a minority stake in the Philadelphia Union

Strange but true: Kevin Durant now owns (part of) the Philadelphia Union.

The NBA megastar reportedly purchased a minority stake in Philly's pro soccer team this week, according to the Sports Business Journal, worth somewhere between 1% and 5%.

Whether Durant purchased the stake himself, or through his Thirty Five Ventures umbrella company, is unclear, according to the SBJ.

Durant was seen meeting with Union ownership this past December, raising eyebrows after the Maryland native tried on more than one occassion to buy a stake in the MLS's D.C. United, according to the SBJ.

I'll say it: Durant buying a stake in the Union feels... super random? 

Trying to buy a stake in D.C. United makes plenty of sense for Durant. He's very proud of his DMV upbringing, so latching on to the local soccer team, in a league that still has plenty of room to grow, is a smart business move with explainable roots.

But Durant opting for the Union, after being turned down by United, is just odd. (Of course, he's no stranger to opting for an easier path.)

Durant joins former teammate and Houston Rockets guard James Harden among the MLS's notable NBA athlete minority owners. Harden holds a minority stake in the league's Houston Dynamo, along with the NWSL's Houston Dash. 

I wonder if we'll see Durant hanging around Chester real casual, before heading over to the newly-named Subaru Park.

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