NBA suspends rest of season after player tests positive for coronavirus

Games canceled until further notice, Utah player tests positive just before game.

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March 11, 2020 - 10:47pm

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    The NBA on Wednesday night announced that it will suspend the remainder of its season "until further notice" following news that a player preliminarily tested positive for the coronavirus.

    The NBA said that all games are suspended following the conclusion of the remaining games slated for Wednesday night.

    "The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of tonight's game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. At that time, tonight's game was cancelled. The affected player was not in the arena," the NBA said in a statement.

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

    Earlier on Wednesday the NCAA announced that fans would not be able to attend championship events, but only essential personnel and some family members would be permitted to attend.