NBA Suspends 2019-2020 Season

Sean Gordon, Staff Writer

The NBA announced that they would suspend their season on Wednesday, March 11. This major announcement came after multiple players from the Utah Jazz tested positive for the coronavirus.

Utah’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder was postponed after player, Rudy Gobert, was tested for the virus. The league ultimately decided not to let the game proceed for the safety of the teams and fans.

“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of [Wednesday’s] schedule of games until further notice,” the league said in a statement issued shortly after 9:30 p.m. ET. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”

The NBA G League was also suspended on Wednesday after that night’s games were completed.

People around the world were shocked about the NBA’s declaration. This included Dallas Mavericks’ owner, Mark Cuban. Cuban expressed how he trusted NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, in his decision to suspend all play.

Teams were told that they were able to continue holding practices, but should be cautious about visitors.

The last game held was the Mavericks’ victory over the Denver Nuggets. The Sacramento Kings were scheduled to host the New Orleans Pelicans later that night, but the game was not played. One of the referees scheduled for the game in Sacramento was an official for a Utah game on Monday.

Players were on the court and ready to play before they were instructed to go back to their locker rooms. Shortly after, fans were informed that the game had been postponed due to “unforeseen circumstances.”

The players from the Cavaliers, Celtics, Knicks, Raptors, and Pistons were told to self-quarantine because they played against the Utah Jazz within the last 10 days.

Nobody seems to know if the season will resume eventually.

Owners around the league are putting their trust in the leadership of the National Basketball Association.

Commissioner Adam Silver is looking to possibly postpone the 2020 NBA Draft to a later date as well. This decision would likely push back the offseason, including free agency.