Rudy Gobert Reportedly Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2020

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MARCH 06: Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz warms up before the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on March 06, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)
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Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium. According to Sam Amick of The Athletic and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Oklahoma City Thunder players are being tested for the coronavirus, and both Jazz and Thunder players are being quarantined in Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The scheduled game between the teams on Wednesday night was delayed and eventually postponed entirely.

Royce Young @royceyoung

The situation as I understand it: Gobert was being tested pregame and the league wanted confirmation he didn’t have the virus before clearing the game to play. That’s why Quin Snyder initially said he was out, then it was changed to questionable. They thought he might play.

Within minutes of Gobert's reported test results going public, the NBA suspended the season and "will use hiatus to determine next steps moving forward," per Woj.

The Jazz released a statement Wednesday night saying one of their players had preliminarily tested positive for the coronavirus:

Howard Beck @HowardBeck

Statement from the @utahjazz https://t.co/0rYK9lVFvp

Gobert was not at the arena, according to Royce Young of ESPN, but rather on standby pending the results of his test. Had they come back negative, he planned on playing.

With Gobert reportedly infected, there is the very real possibility that opposing players may have also caught the virus in the past week or so. According to the World Health Organization, the incubation period—or the time between contracting COVID-19 and actually showing symptoms—is up to two weeks.

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney

The NBA needs to make clear quickly how long Rudy Gobert has been feeling sick. The Jazz just had a road trip.

On Wednesday, WHO officially classified the coronavirus as a global pandemic. Worldwide, at least 115,800 people had contracted the virus, per CNN.com, with 4,200 reported deaths.