It has been four days since the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder game came to a halt due to the results of Rudy Gobert’s positive coronavirus test. For all of us sports fanatics, these four days have been empty, boring and never ending. In less than a week, the severity of this virus has caused the shut down of all major sports, schools across the nation, and rocked the country and even the world. President Donald Trump declared a National Emergency two days later.
Initially, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver thought that the league would be shut down for 30 days. However, the situation seems to be growing more and more concerning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines that no groups of more than 50 people should be gathering for the next eight weeks. This means that for another two months, we are all without sports. The NBA owners are looking at finishing the season in June, with playoffs in August. They have directed teams to begin finding arenas that are open to play in during the summer.
Before this virus, Silver was pushing for a restructuring of the NBA schedule, which would shorten the season. While most NBA players were against this change, it is looking more and more likely that the playoffs extend into August – the peak of trading season.
Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and Christian Wood have all tested positive. It was a smart move to suspend when they did. Many other players would have been at risk for contracting the virus because basketball is such a physical sport. Game Changer Sports Network is wishing these players a speedy recovery as well as a speedy quarantine so we can get back to reporting on the sports we love so much.
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