NBA and its players affected by COVID-19 virus

Tommy Yarrish, Multimedia and Communications Editor

On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, the National Basketball Association made the unprecedented decision to suspend their on-going season due to the COVID-19 virus, which shocked the likes of fans and players. 

It all began in Oklahoma City, where the Thunder were set to take on the Utah Jazz. However, just before the game began, a Jazz team doctor ran on the court to alert each team’s coaches that there was a chance that a Jazz player could have the coronavirus. From there, a decision was made to call off the game. This decision set a precedent to the following games that night and ultimately led to commissioner Adam Silver announcing the indefinite suspension of the season. 

It was later discovered that the team doctor’s crucial decision potentially saved many players from contracting the virus, as the player, later identified as center Rudy Gobert, tested positive. After the discovery was made, any teams that played the Jazz within the past 10 days were tested, as well as both teams the night of the season being suspended. 

Ever since the initial discovery that a player had the virus, more teams and players have come out saying that members of the organization and team have contracted the virus. Star players Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets, and Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics are just a few of the players known to have contracted the disease. Most organizations like the Los Angeles Lakers, who announced that members of the team had the disease, have kept the details as to who exactly has it private. 

As of now, there is no set date for one the NBA will return, as COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic and will continue to be closely monitored. 

With that being said, league officials have established that they will aim for a mid-to-late June return for the end of the regular season, with the playoffs following suit in July, and the NBA Finals taking place in August.