Updated: February 26, 2021
The NBA on Wednesday evening suspended its season after a player tested positive for coronavirus. The suspension is “until further notice”.
“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league said in a statement on Wednesday night. “
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The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
“A person with knowledge of the situation said the (Utah) Jazz player who tested positive was center Rudy Gobert. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the league nor the team confirmed the presumptive positive test,” AP reported, adding that the suspension came only hours after the majority of the league’s owners were leaning toward playing games without fans in arenas.
The NBA said the test result was reported shortly before the scheduled tip-off time for the Utah at Oklahoma City game on Wednesday night was called off.
AP reported that the “players were on the floor for warmups and tip-off was moments away when they were told to return to their locker rooms. About 30 minutes later, fans were told the game was postponed “due to unforeseen circumstances.”