Mga kumpirmadong balita ang kalalabas pa lang galing sa mga League sources ng National Basketball Association (NBA) na ang Utah Jazz all-star center na si Rudy Gobert ay nag-positive sa COVID-19. Kaalinsunod nito ang desisyon ng NBA na kanselahin muna lahat ng laro sa NBA “until further notice.”
Ayon sa Tweet ni Shams Charania, senior lead writer at analyst ng The Atlantic and Stadium, “Utah Jazz All-Star Rudy Gobert has tested positive for coronavirus, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Sources say Gobert is feeling good, strong and stable — and was feeling strong enough to play tonight.”
Gayunpaman, hindi na rin itinuloy ang laban kanina ng Jazz na hosted ng Oklahoma City Thunder sa kanilang homecourt na Chesapeake Energy Arena. Kasalukuyan ngayong naka-quarantine ang lahat ng players sa Arena. Hindi na nakasama sa warm-up si Gobert sa harap ng mga spectators sa Arena. Makalipas ang 30-minutes sa shootaround warm-up ng mga players, sila ay pinabalik na sa locker rooms na nagresulta ng pambu-boo ng mga fans.
Ang mga teams na nakalaban ng Jazz for the past ten days ay inutusan din ng Liga na mag self-quarantine. Ang mga teams na ito at ang sumusunod: Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons and the Toronto Raptors.
Si Langston Galloway ng Pistons ay nakuhanan ng statement at kanyang sinabi, “I’m sure I probably had contact with [Gobert]. But at the same time, like I said, [I’m] just taking precautions. We’ve been washing our hands; and when the reports started coming out, everybody’s kinda been on their hand sanitizer, washing their hands — just staying focused on that moment of, hey, [we have] interaction with a lot of different people and knowing that at the end of the day, you might’ve touched the ball, you might’ve interacted with a fan, and just being [cautious] with that going forward.” (John Ricafrente Pesebre)
ESPN News Services, “NBA suspends season until further notice after player tests positive for the coronavirus.” ESPN. March 11, 2020. Accessed on March 12, 2020 (Philippines). https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/28887560/nba-suspends-season-further-notice-player-tests-positive-coronavirus
NBA: Official Release. “NBA to suspend season following Wednesday’s games.” NBA. March 11, 2020. Accessed on March 12, 2020 (Philippines). https://www.nba.com/article/2020/03/11/nba-suspend-season-following-wednesdays-games
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