Per the NBA’s statement, the league “will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.” The league was already considering playing games without fans in attendance, a step the NCAA announced it would take for the upcoming men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.
“This is definitely an extremely serious virus that’s upon us,” the Hawks’ John Collins said before Wednesday’s game when there were discussions about playing in empty arenas. “Obviously, nobody likes to hear the news that the NCAA cancelled the fans’ appearances at the games. Hopefully we’re not (projecting) that way. It seems like it is. Definitely something you don’t like to see, but as professionals, it’s our jobs to just try to come to work and be the best we can and try to do our job.”
According to ESPN, Jazz and Thunder players are quarantined in OKC’s arena, as of about 9:30 p.m. ET.
The Jazz issued the following statement regarding the situation: “We are working closely with the CDC, Oklahoma and Utah state officials and the NBA to determine how to best move forward as we gather more information. The individual is currently in the care of health officials in Oklahoma City. In coordination with the NBA and state officials, we will provide updates at the appropriate time.”
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