The NBA has suspended the season indefinitely after a Utah Jazz player, reported to be Rudy Gobert, tested positive for coronavirus, the league announced Wednesday night.
"The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of tonight’s game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena," the league said in a statement. "At that time, tonight’s game was canceled. The affected player was not in the arena.
"The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic."
The announcement came after a long day of questions over what actions the league would take with the continuing spread of the virus.
The Golden State Warriors already announced that their Thursday contest against the Nets will be in an empty arena. The NCAA announced a similar policy on Wednesday with no fans in attendance.
In a statement, Monumental Sports, which owns the Wizards and the Caps said they would be communicating to Wizards "season ticket holders, partners and other affected parties with additional information soon.
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As we have been, we will be following the protocols as laid out by the leagues for which we play – both the NBA and the National Hockey League (NHL) and will continue to work in close consultation with our local city officials," the statement continued. "The NHL is continuing to consult with medical experts and will have a further update tomorrow before the Capitals home game versus Detroit."
Shortly after the news broke, Wizards guard Bradley Beal tweeted his shock. "Damn," he wrote.
His former teammate, Isaiah Thomas added on Twitter "Space Jam all over again."
Space Jam all over again— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) March 12, 2020