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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.”

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“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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Frederick Fukov

Thank goodness. This Blazers season needed to be put down like an old horse.

Frederick Fukov

Ya know..I thought a person's medical information was supposed to be..like..ya know..personal and private, and ya know..like..between that person and their doctor? The NBA could have sent out a release that "one of their players tested positive," but not released that person's name. Just wait 'til this is all over..which will be soon because strains like this don't go very far once we get into late Spring and Summer, but the next time Utah plays in Philly or Boston, the fanatics and the chowds are gonna be laying it on him somethin' fierce.

sagebrush

I agree, but, since the left wing media and liberals like to cite un-identified sources for much of their news, maybe the NBA decided that they wanted someone to listen to them other than liberal lackies.

Equallyoffensive

Keep PPdaycare open. Let Darwin sort this out.

Frederick Fukov

Kids don't die from this unless they have some kind of extreme health condition.

Mr pickles

I see we place more value on sports stars than on our own children in schools. Who cares about basketball stars.. They will weather the storm with their bankrolls. It's the kids who will suffer in close proximity to one another. Close the schools.

Frederick Fukov

Well, except for kids are the group who are least impacted by covid-19. As long as you keep kids away from old people, it won't be any different than any other flu season.

sagebrush

Your comments show your lack of intelligence.

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