Basketball fans were shocked after the NBA announced on Wednesday that they would be suspending the league's season until further notice. The move was made after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the COVID-19. The team played against Toronto Raptors on Monday, whose entire roster has now reportedly been told to self-isolate for 14 days.
ESPN reported that a total of five teams, who recently played the Jazz, have been ordered into self-quarantine.
The New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors have all been put out of commission by the event. So far, there has been no news of any other players developing symptoms.
The name of the Utah player who tested positive for the coronavirus has yet to be officially announced. However, many reports have come out claiming it to be the Jazz's centre, Rudy Gobert.
"The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. The test result was reported shortly before the tip-off of tonight's game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena," read a statement by the NBA.
According to The Athletics' Shams Charania, the Raptors were given "precautionary tests" for COVID-19 on Wednesday night. It remains unclear whether the team plans to release the results of those tests anytime soon.
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At least two of the Raptors' star players came in close contact with Gobert when they played against the Jazz on Monday night.
Serge Ibaka was seen guarding the player for most of the night.
At the same time, OG Anunoby got into a heated argument with Gobert during the final quarter of the game, putting the two of them in close proximity to one another.
"The NBA is suspending gameplay following the conclusion of Wednesday's schedule of games until further notice," the league added.
"The NBA will use this hiatus to determine the next steps for moving forward regarding the coronavirus pandemic."