The NBA went on hiatus in mid-March after it was reported Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert had contracted COVID-19. Much of the sporting world followed suit or had already suspended play, including the NHL, PGA Tour and the major European soccer leagues, among other institutions.
The NCAA also canceled all championships in winter and spring sports, including the men's and women's basketball tournaments.
A number of athletes and personnel around sports have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. In the United States, the NBA has seen a number of cases:
- The Utah Jazz's Gobert and guard Donovan Mitchell
- Detroit Pistons center Christian Wood
- Four Brooklyn Nets players, including Kevin Durant
- Three individuals in the Philadelphia 76ers organization
- Two players on the Los Angeles Lakers
- Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart
Major League Baseball has postponed the start of the regular season, with a return date remaining unclear at this point. It's just as unclear how major events, like the All-Star Game and World Series, will be affected. One possibility if the World Series is pushed back into the winter is playing the games at a neutral, indoor or warm-weather site, according to Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown and Hannah Keyser.
To date, over 378,000 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus worldwide, leading to 16,505 deaths, per CNN.com.