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Jazz Center Rudy Gobert tests positive for coronavirus, NBA season suspended indefinitely

Posted at 7:00 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 09:08:45-04

OKLAHOMA CITY — The NBA has suspended its season indefinitely following Jazz Center Rudy Gobert testing positive for the coronavirus.

In a statement Wednesday evening, NBA Communications announced that Gobert had tested preliminarily positive for COVID-19.

The Utah Jazz game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena was postponed Thursday as medical staff for the Thunder had concerns about Gobert's illness.

Gobert was tested at a nearby hospital and results came out shortly before tip-off when referees stepped in to discuss the situation.

Moments before tip-off, referees gathered and informed both Jazz coach Quin Snyder and Thunder coach Billy Donovan to take their players back to the locker room.

The floors cleared while referees continued their discussion. Moments later, the public address announcer informed fans that the game has been postponed and to exit the arena.

Rudy Gobert and Emmanuel Mudiay sat out of today's game due to illness and were not in the arena. Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 while specifics of Mudiay's illness have not been released.

QUESTIONABLE - Rudy Gobert (illness)

QUESTIONABLE - Emmanuel Mudiay (illness)

— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) March 11, 2020