NEW YORK – NBA owners are encouraging commissioner Adam Silver to reevaluate the suspended season in 30 days, according to a report Thursday by ESPN. According to the reports, the league will formally announce its timetable regarding the suspension soon.
On Wednesday night, the league announced an indefinite suspension of all games because of the coronavirus pandemic.
All-Star center Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz was diagnosed with the coronavirus, it was announced Wednesday, then teammate Donovan Mitchell confirmed Thursday that he had also tested positive.
Mitchell was the only other player or member of the Jazz organization who tested positive for coronavirus out of 58 tests performed on Wednesday night, The Athletic reported.
All members of the franchise who traveled on the team charter were required to submit to a cheek swab to tested for COVID-19 after Gobert tested positive. The Jazz originally thought Gobert had the flu and he was listed as questionable for Wednesday night’s game, which was canceled.
The NBA told teams that have played the Jazz in the past 10 days that they should self-quarantine. Utah’s opponents since March 2 were the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors.
Among the teams publicly announcing their cooperation Thursday was Toronto.
“Out of an abundance of caution, members of the Raptors traveling party have been tested for the virus. We await those results,” the team said in a statement.
“Our players, coaches and traveling staff have all been advised to go into self-isolation for 14 days, which means minimizing contact in accordance with public health guidelines. Our team doctors remain in communication with infection control specialists and public health authorities, and we will continue to abide by their advice.”