Bad news for all the NBA fans as the NBA season 2019-20 got canceled after the WHO announces the coronavirus pandemic. So the COVID-19 is now not a just epidemic, it is now officially declared as the pandemic.
During the briefing in Geneva, Switzerland, the director of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared that “the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus.” Therefore, the NBA stated on Wednesday night that all matches would be canceled until we got some good news about the Utah Jazz player who is reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus pandemic. So we may not see any NBA game at least for two weeks, according to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press.
The Mark Cuban also made it clear that the team is also allowed to practice, but not allowed to meet or have touch with any other outsider. Also, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN report claims that teams that played the Jazz in the last 14 days have been told to self-quarantine, which includes the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Jazz also released the statement about how Utah Jazz tested after noted that Jazz tested negative for influenza, strep throat, and an upper respiratory infection, and then the decision was made to test for COVID-19. So they postponed the game, which was good. They are also working closely with CDC, Oklahoma, and Utah state official to handle the matter in the right way and update everything time-to-time. NBA also announced that the player tested positive for Coronavirus, and it will now be for not sure about the game following Wednesday night’s schedule.
They also said that making six to eight feet space between the players and media or fans would be compulsory to keep everyone secure. The shocking thing is the Golden State Warriors, also the first team that said that they are going to play the game without fans as the San Francisco Health Office’s order prohibiting groups of 1,000 or more people at events. So, in the end, the NBA decided to cancel the match between the Kinds and Pelicans.