CANTON (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – The National Basketball Association has suspended play league wide following news this evening that one of its players tested positive for the coronavirus.

The league is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice.  The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.

Things started just before tip off of a game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz. Just moments before the game was underway, officials quickly rushed players from both teams into the locker rooms.

Less than an hour later, reporters covering the game informed the viewing audience at home that the contest was suspended due to multiple players being sick.

One of the players who was sick was Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert. Reports have surfaced since connecting him to the coronavirus. Below is a video of Gobert just a few days earlier, touching all of the microphones at the table for his media availability, joking about the spread of germs and the virus.

Sure enough, it was Gobert’s illness that in the end, led to the NBA suspending play.

It has also been decided that the NBA G League has suspended play for the 2019-20 season.

There is no word on how long the NBA and the G League plans to suspend play.

WHBC News will provide updates when they are available.

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