A referee assigned by the NBA Basketball to this game was involved in running a Utah Jazz match a few days ago. He is said to have come into contact with Rudy Gobert, who is a striker in the NBA BAsketball suspected to be positive with COVID-19.
Rudy Gobert was examined to ve infected with Covid-19
This morning was probably one of the darkest days in NBA Basketball history when Rudy Gobert, Utah-based All-Star striker infected with COVID-19 after the official test results.
Shortly thereafter, the match between Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder that was about to take place was canceled. All players of the two teams are taken to the dressing room to be tested. Particularly Utah Jazz players are taken away on isolation.
In addition, the NBA Basketball also officially suspends the season indefinitely to find the next direction in the complicated course of the COVID-19 epidemic in the US.
However, some matches during the day will still take place before the postponement order takes effect at midnight (local time).
As in Dallas, where Marvericks and the Denver Nuggets learned that a tournament was postponed while the game was still in progress, the players had to play the ball in a state of instability. Outside the field, fans were constantly screaming to hear that the season had been postponed, and the team members of the team were also extremely surprised.
In Sacramento, the match between Kings and New Orleans Pelicans is scheduled to start at 9:30, about 1 hour after Rudy Gobert has been confirmed positive for COVID-19.
According to the announcement from NBA Basketball, this match will still take place as intended. But people began to be wary and intend not to play knowing that the referee Courtney Kirkland, who was appointed to control the Kings vs Pelicans match, ran the match between Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz a few days ago.
New Orleans Pelicans refused to play-NBA Basketball
Understanding the issue of Courtney Kirkland, the entire New Orleans Pelicans squad refused to play for the next NBA Basketball announcement.
About 40 minutes before the match when the Sacramento Kings were off the field and kicked off, the Pelicans were still in the dressing room. Some members of the team have sent a proposal to the NBA Basketball to cancel the game because of concerns about spreading COVID-19.
In the end, the Pelicans succeeded when the NBA Basketball announced the postponement of the match between New Orleans and Sacramento Kings just minutes before the official match time. The referee who had contact with Rudy Gobert was soon taken away and quarantined for health.
The question now is how the NBA Basketball will cope with the COVID-19 epidemic. Many players, coaching staff, referees and tournament staff are being asked to undergo medical tests and tests with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
However, the situation in the US is quite tense because the number of test kits is becoming scarce. As a result, the number of cases and suspected infections in the country has been very high recently.
According to some experts, the tournament may be postponed for 2 to 4 weeks. But until the official decision is made from the NBA Basketball, all the fans can do is waiting.
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