Utah Jazz team leader Rudy Gobert positive nCoV on March 11, causing the American professional basketball tournament to be postponed indefinitely.
The decision was made by the NBA organizers, one hour after the first case of nCoV at the tournament.
Rudy Gobert and his teammate Emmanuel Mudiay had to get tested right before the match against Oklahoma City Thunder. According to The Athletic, Gobert although still positive for nCoV still requires competition, due to feeling himself fit enough to enter the field.
Rudy Gobert, 2m15 tall, is the pillar of Utah Jazz as well as the French basketball team. The 27-year-old center-forward is the NBA’s best defensive player in the last two seasons. This season, Gobert made his first All-Star squad appearance.
The match between Thunder and Jazz is scheduled to take place at 8am this morning 12/3, Hanoi time. Right at the time of play, the organizers suddenly announced the postponement of the match with the reason “unpredictable”. Players of the starting teams must leave the field and withdraw to the changing room. 30 minutes later, the match was canceled when the test results of Gobert were made public. The players from both teams were kept at Chesapeake – Thunder’s home ground – to isolate.
Gobert was positive for Covid-19
Gobert rubbed his hands into the mic in the press conference room on 11/3.
While members of Jazz and Thunder were quarantined at the Chesapeake Arena, five other teams were asked by the organizers to quarantine their residence, including the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors. These are the teams that have been playing against Jazz for the past 10 days.
The incident came just a day after the NBA organizers announced that the next home games for the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco would be unpopular, fearing Covid-19’s influence.
In the NBA main season, each team plays 82 games. The best eight teams from each region qualify for the playoffs. As of today 12/3, the team with the most matches is the Atlanta Hawks (67 matches) and the team with the least match is the LA Lakers (63 matches).
There were still many games to play for the current season before it was cancelled and 4 major players that should have defined the NBA season but will have to wait and see what will happen next and when will the league continue