NBA Suspends 2019-2020 Season Due to Coronavirus Outbreak


Dean Neal, Reporter

On March 11,2020 the NBA has postponed the 2019-2020 NBA regular season. This was due to the outbreak of the global pandemic, the Coronavirus.

Before the Utah Jazz vs the Oklahoma City Thunder game we were informed that Jazz All Star center Rudy Gobert was tested positive for the virus. Both teams were prepared to tip off, then the officials called the game. Rudy planned on playing this game, but luckily stayed at hotel. Yesterday (day after Gobert was prescribed with the disease), the All Star and Gobert’s teammate Donovan Mitchell was also tested positive for the virus.

To several Jazz players they said that Rudy Gobert was acting “reckless” in the locker room. This was all before he was tested for it, but Jazz players said that “he was touching all of our belongings and us”. Rudy took the virus as a joke several days before he was tested, touching all of the media’s microphones and their recorders.

The NBA plans to be game free for at least 30 days. Basketball is not the only sport who has done this. NHL, MLB, and NCAA’s March Madness have all postponed their seasons. NASCAR has also announced that they will race without fans in appearance. But all March madness is cancelled, both boys and girls college tournaments.

Mavericks owner and apart of the cast of ABC’s Shark Tank, Mark Cuban, had this to say about the suspension.

“I reached out to the folks at the arena and our folks at the Mavs to find out what it would cost to support, financially support, people who aren’t going to be able to come to work ,they get paid by the hour, and this was their source of income,” Cuban continued. “And so we’ll do some things there. We may ask them to go do some volunteer work in exchange, but we’ve already started the process of having a program in place.

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love also is helping trying to help people. He has donated $100,000 to the Cavs to help pay the workers, so they have money since they can’t go work the games.

It’s safe to say that so far that this disease isn’t going anywhere, we just have to keep our hands clean and stay away from anyone who shows symptoms.