NBA season suspended indefinitely due to coronavirus

Headlines 12/03/2020

Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams has been caught up in the US coronavirus scare, as the league suspended its season indefinitely.

Thursday's (NZ time) scheduled game between Adams' Oklahoma City Thunder v Utah Jazz was abandoned just before tipoff.

With a full stadium at Chesapeake Energy Arena, players had completed warm-ups and pre-match introductions, when medical staff ushered them back to the locker-rooms and spectators waited almost an hour, before an official announcement that the fixture had been postponed.

As President Donald Trump closed the US borders to Europe, Frenchmen Rudy Gobert and Emmanuel Mudiay were taken to Mercy Medical Center to be tested for coronavirus.

If the game had gone ahead, rival centres Adams and Gobert would have been in close contact for most of the 48 minutes.

Gobert reportedly test positive for the illness, and Adams and the other players were quarantined in the stadium, as the NBA announced it would suspend the competition. 

"A player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19," announced the NBA. 

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