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BBNBA: NBA Suspends Season Amid Coronavirus Outbreak. Now What?

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Good morning. folks. It feels like I am living in a science fiction book. Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

Wow. I have been in a state of absolute shock for the last 12 hours.

In the middle of Wednesday night’s slate of games, the NBA abruptly postponed the Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder game seconds before tipoff. Jazz center Rudy Gobert was notably absent from the arena as the game was getting set to begin, and while the players were gathering on the court, the officials all came together where they ultimately received the final decision to postpone the game. Gobert was out dealing with an “illness” at the time and was being tested right before the game in a location that was not the arena where the game was being held. Gobert reportedly said he felt good enough to go in and play before the test results showed that he came back positive with the coronavirus.

Just minutes after Gobert was tabbed as the NBA’s “patient zero”, the NBA suspended the season and will go on hiatus until further notice. And now the reality of this situation is bleeding into our own daily lives. If you weren’t taking the coronavirus seriously before this, I sure hope this is your wakeup call. More tournaments and events (Keeneland?) are going to be canceled. I would guess that the NCAA’s tournaments meet the same fate. It’s not about the money anymore, it’s about the general safety of an entire country’s worth of people. This is only going to get worse before it gets better. Complete lockdowns and self-quarantines are sounding more and more imminent.

The NBA has suspended the G League season in the aftermath, as well. New Orleans Pelicans players were refusing to go on the court for Wednesday’s late-night ESPN matchup against the Sacramento Kings. That game was ultimately postponed, too. With Gobert being the first NBA player to be affected by the disease, the first thought from the Association was to figure out who he’s been in contact with. ALL 30 NBA teams can be connected to each other within JUST THE LAST FIVE DAYS. That’s what is most frightening. There are likely other players that have the virus and just don’t know yet. Maybe if Gobert had been taking this more seriously from the jump (instead of mockingly touching every microphone on Monday to “prove or point” or whatever he thought he was doing. No seriously, that happened.), this wouldn’t have happened so abruptly.

For now, Wednesday night was the last time we’ll be able to watch NBA basketball for probably the rest of the season, or at least a few weeks. Honestly, no one has any idea if this suspension will last a few days or if this is the end of the 2019-20 season as we know it. Hopefully it’s not the latter. There is still roughly 20 percent of the regular season, plus the playoffs left. This is like something we have never seen before.

This also means I will be suspending the daily BBNBA posts, which sucks. As some of you may already know, basketball takes up a HUGE portion of my time and daily life. It is what brings me the most joy out of life. It’s like we’re being forced to enter the offseason three months too soon. It’s depressing, I won’t lie. However, I completely understand the reaction from the NBA and fully support their decision. It’s better to overact to something such as a pandemic than to do nothing at all. This isn’t going to be the last time the coronavirus affects my day-to-day, so we should all start to get used to it.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said on ESPN’s The Jump Thursday morning that he thinks the season won’t be canceled, just postponed, and that we could see the season extend into August.

We shall see…

Why couldn’t this have happened in the middle of baseball season?

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Julius Randle (NYK)136-131 (OT) W @ ATL3313-22 (3-6)113113+838
Bam Adebayo (MIA)98-109 L vs. CHA2110-15 (0-0)710003-1034
P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)109-98 W @ MIA177-17 (3-10)72111+236
Kevin Knox (NYK)136-131 (OT) W @ ATL123-7 (3-3)30200-416
Brandon Knight (DET)106-124 L @ PHI61-7 (1-6)56003-633
Tyler Herro (MIA)98-109 L vs. CHA21-3 (0-1)10100-137
Skal Labissiere (ATL)131-136 (OT) L vs. NYKDNP-Knee----------------
Malik Monk (CHA)109-98 W @ MIADNP-Suspended----------------

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA. Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan

3 Comments for BBNBA: NBA Suspends Season Amid Coronavirus Outbreak. Now What?



  1. Han
    10:12 am March 12, 2020 Permalink

    Everyone around here needs to prepare themselves for the likelihood that we have seen the last UK game of the season.

    All of the analysts and former players on ESPN are saying they don’t know how you ask/let “amateurs” go to these events, fly on planes, gather together, when you’re unwilling to let professionals making millions do it, or when business conferences everywhere are canceling, etc.

    Sucks for all of the players who are missing their last/only chance to play in conference tourneys or the big dance, but such is the world.



    • CrystalBall
      11:29 am March 12, 2020 Permalink

      Ditto Han. I think this season is over. Probably for the best.



  2. macattack
    10:32 am March 12, 2020 Permalink

    Let’s just hope everyone can stay safe and get healthy. That is the most important part. It was so surreal last night watching the Knicks-Hawks game and hearing Mike Breen break in to say that the season is being postponed. Unfortunately, the general consensus seems to be that it is going to be getting worse before it gets better. I expect the NCAA to follow suit. It may take something like UK, or Duke, or Kansas players saying that they are not willing to play and take the risk. I’d certainly stand behond our guys if they did that.