PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - The NBA suspended the season Wednesday night after a player tested positive for COVID-19.
According to a release from the league, the player is on the Utah Jazz. The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of the game between the Jazz and the Thunder in Oklahoma City.
The NBA said the game was subsequently canceled.
Later, the decision was made by the NBA to suspend all games “until further notice.”
“The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic,” according to a league statement.
The NBA had been in discussions with team owners about playing games without fans in the stadiums. Earlier Wednesday, the NCAA announced that fans would not be allowed to attend men's and women's tournament basketball games.
A person with knowledge of the NBA situation said the Jazz player who tested positive was center Rudy Gobert, according to the Associated Press, but the player has not been identified by the league.
The Trail Blazers were scheduled to face the Memphis Grizzlies at the Moda Center on Thursday.
Fans were at the Moda Center for a concert Wednesday and reacted to the news.
"It's really sad because this city loves the Blazers and after last year it was hard to get a ticket," said fan Matt Cooeyate.
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