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Donovan Mitchell reportedly tests positive for coronavirus

Donovan Mitchell reportedly tests positive for coronavirus

Updated: 1:36 p.m. 

The Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski

Mitchell’s teammate, All-Star center Rudy Gobert, tested positive on Wednesday night, per multiple reports. ESPN reports “Jazz players privately say that Gobert had been careless in the locker room touching other players and their belongings.”

The Athletic's Shams Charania reports Mitchell was the only other member of the Jazz to test positive, with 58 tests administered on Wednesday night. 

Gobert posted on Instagram mid-Thursday afternoon, including a public apology:

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I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of concern and support over the last 24 hours. I have gone through so many emotions since learning of my diagnosis…mostly fear, anxiety, and embarrassment. The first and most important thing is I would like to publicly apologize to the people that I may have endangered. At the time, I had no idea I was even infected. I was careless and make no excuse. I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously. I will do whatever I can to support using my experience as way to educate others and prevent the spread of this virus . I am under great care and will fully recover. Thank you again for all your support. I encourage everyone to take all of the steps to stay safe and healthy. Love.

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Mitchell posted on Instagram early Thursday afternoon.

The NBA suspended the 2019-20 season Wednesday night after Gobert’s positive test, minutes after the Sixers’ game against the Pistons at Wells Fargo Center. 

The Sixers have decided to suspend basketball operations

Teams that have played the Jazz in the past 10 days are being asked to self-quarantine, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Detroit played Utah this past Saturday.

Coronavirus in sports: Full, updated list of cancellations, suspensions 

The Pistons released a statement on Thursday.

Thursday morning, the Wizards announced that players and team personnel have been advised to self-quarantine for the next three to four days. Washington played the Jazz on Feb. 28. 

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Sixers suspend basketball operations amid coronavirus pandemic

Sixers suspend basketball operations amid coronavirus pandemic

Though NBA teams are reportedly still allowed to practice while league play is suspended, the Sixers have decided to suspend basketball operations, a source tells NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Serena Winters.

The NBA suspended its season after a player on the Jazz, who Shams Charania of the Athletic reported is All-Star center Rudy Gobert, preliminary tested positive for COVID-19. The game between the Jazz and Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City was postponed after the result came in.

The announcement came minutes after the Sixers beat the Pistons at the Wells Fargo Center. It’s significant because Detroit just played Utah this past Saturday. Teams that have played the Jazz in the past 10 days are being asked to self-quarantine, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

Coronavirus in sports: Full, updated list of cancellations, suspensions 

It’s also worth noting that Utah was in Boston last Friday night. Both the Celtics and Bruins — who played at the Wells Fargo Center Tuesday night — play their home games at TD Garden. The NHL has yet to make a definitive decision on whether to suspend its season.

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.

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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.