Things changed very quickly in the NBA on Wednesday.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver reportedly was expected to announce Thursday that the remainder of the season would be played in empty arenas, but the league instead suspended its season Wednesday night after a player on the Utah Jazz tested positive for the new coronavirus (COVID-19). The player reportedly was Utah center Rudy Gobert, and the Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder game then was suspended.
Current and former NBA players found out about the league’s plan at the same time as everyone else, and their live reactions on Twitter were something to behold.
If the NBA doesn’t resume its season as some around the league reportedly fear, Wednesday could’ve been Vince Carter’s last game. Carter has been a fixture in the league, playing 22 seasons across four decades.
Now, Carter and the rest of the NBA will wait and see what’s next.
The extraordinary step is the latest in the United States to limit large gatherings in an effort to stifle the transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19.
The news arrives hours after the NCAA announced that its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will be played without fans in the stands. College basketball conferences are falling in line with their championship tournaments.
Shortly after news of Gobert’s diagnosis became public, video started circulating around social media of Gobert rubbing his hands all over several microphones during a press conference.
This wasn’t mindless touching of microphones during a press conference, Gobert clearly stops before leaving the room, making a point of touching all the microphones and laughing as he jogged out of the room
Now every reporter who touched those microphones should be tested for the virus, as will every player who took the court with Gobert.