No more NBA, for probably the rest of the season.
The NBA released a statement that games are suspended until further notice after an NBA player, separately identified as Jazz center Rudy Gobert, tested positive late today for COVID-19 — the CoronaVirus.
The Jazz just released this statement: pic.twitter.com/RkHPAPlX0P— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) March 12, 2020
The NBA made their formal announcement here.
Here is the video of Rudy Gobert disrespecting the whole virus the other day, touching all surfaces before exiting his pregame press conference on Monday.
This is the video of Rudy Gobert touching all the microphones and potentially infecting innocent people with Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/hqae652PLX— Abdul Memon (@abdulamemon) March 12, 2020
Two days later, Gobert was diagnosed after showing flu-like symptoms. There’s a 14-day incubation period, That means all players in contact with Gobert in the last two weeks have been exposed via his breathing.
Also, thanks to the gesture he made above, now EVERY REPORTERS PHONE has been exposed by touch to his worldwide pandemic-laced self.
As part of the Jazz’s COVID-19 response, shootaround availability was done in the ZBBC media room today rather than on the court. As Rudy Gobert got finished discussing the situation, he stood up, leaned over and made it a point to touch every mic and recorder in front of him.— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) March 9, 2020
Thanks a freaking lot, Rudy.
Maybe don’t disrespect a WORLDWIDE PANDEMIC.
I don’t know if I ever want to see Rudy Gobert in the NBA, I’m so incensed right now. F-U, Rudy. Touching EVERY DEVICE IN THE ROOM?!??! You know people die from this thing, right??!
It’s unfortunate that the media ON SITE were not even told before Woj was...
Again...great news to hear second hand.— Sarah Todd (@NBASarah) March 12, 2020
I, as well as the other reporters, could walk out of the arena right now and get on a flight and no one would stop us. The fact that we are still here is out of concern for our own safety and that of our families https://t.co/HJhPIWuyNC
Other teams directly exposed to the Jazz recently.
"Players from teams the Jazz have played within the past 10 days are being told to self-quarantine, sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst. Those teams are the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons and the Toronto Raptors."https://t.co/T6cPzfZORl— Tisha Thompson (@TishaESPN) March 12, 2020
And of course there’s all the teams that THOSE teams have played since then. And so on and so on.
Devin Booker found out while he was on twitch. This is must-watch!
Devin Booker found out live on Twitch that the NBA Season has been suspended indefinitely pic.twitter.com/u1sXdUE10M— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) March 12, 2020
The Phoenix Suns are currently 26-39, in 13th place in the Western Conference.
If the season ended today, the Suns would have the 10th pick in the lottery, with a 13.9% chance to jump into the top 4.
Best estimates are that the pandemic is likely, at minimum, a 3-6 month problem. Hopefully no longer than that, but vaccines are at least a year away.