The spread of the novel coronavirus has been shutting down big venues, music fests, and sporting events across the globe, and it was officially decided Wednesday night that the NBA season would also be suspended. Heat Center Meyers Leonard and team coach Erik Spoelstra were some of the first Florida members to take to social media to express their views. While no cases of Heat players contracting the virus have been reported, the decision still impacts the local team.
Leonard was one of the first to jump to Twitter to express his confusion and concern over the announcement. His tweet, “What the HELL is going on?” sparked a lengthy thread.
The suspension came forward after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and point guard Emmanuel Mudiay tested positive for COVID-19.
CBS Sports noted that a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski instructed all players who had faced off against the Jazz in the last 10 days should also self-quarantine. The last time the Heat and Jazz faced off on the court together was about a month ago.
This announcement comes after Gobert's stint of touching all the microphones and recorders during a press conference.
Many commenters replied to Leonard's tweet urging the player and his family to stay safe.
CBS Sports added that the NBA announced it would use this hiatus to plan out their next steps carefully. Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was quoted in a tweet saying he felt the decision was appropriate.
The NBA first announced on Monday that it was going to limit locker room access and keep a six-foot distance between players and media personnel.
During the game between Miami and Charlotte, two players were even spotted exchanging hand sanitizer.
Still, this doesn't just impact Florida. Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, was even caught on camera when he reacted with utter shock to the news.
ESPN reporter Tim MacMahon later tweeted that Cuban said teams could still practice but shouldn’t have outside visitors for this time.
On Wednesday, Golden State Warriors took the precaution of playing its home games without fans in the audience after the San Francisco Health Office prohibited events of 1,000 or more people.