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NBA suspending play “until further notice” in response to Coronavirus

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NBA: Utah Jazz at New York Knicks Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Crazy news coming out of the league office tonight: the NBA is suspending play until further notice. This of course in response to growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19, the Coronavirus.

What’s really shocking is what finally convinced the NBA to go on hiatus. Just moments before Wednesday night’s Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder match up, a Thunder team doctor reportedly came out of the locker room to get a hold of the game’s officials and ask that the game not tip-off. Those in attendance immediately felt something serious was going on.

It turns out that Rudy Gobert, who was initially listed as questionable for the game with an illness, has tested positive for Coronavirus.

As if the situation wasn’t already concerning, just two days ago Gobert concluded his media availability by jokingly touching all of the microphones in front of him, mocking what was an effort to be cautious about the spreading of germs.

This is all just awful. I’m at a loss for words. I can’t believe how quickly all of this is happening. Be safe, take precaution, and do your research. We may not have basketball for the forseeable future, but we’ll be here and do our best to carry on.