NBA players react to league suspending season due to coronavirus


The NBA announced on Wednesday night that they will be suspending the season without a firm timetable for return. The announcement immediately followed the news of Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert preliminarily testing positive for the coronavirus.

Soon after it was known of Gobert’s positive test, the Jazz’s road contest versus the Oklahoma City Thunder was postponed shortly before tipoff. The Thunder players were cleared to leave the arena, but Utah’s players are still there, and sources told Adrian Wojnarowski that the team would need to coordinate with Oklahoma and Salt Lake City public health organizations before it could return to Utah.

Players past and present expressed their concerns and suggestions on social media following the news.

Man we cancelling sporting events, school, office work, etc etc. What we really need to cancel is 2020! 🤦🏾‍♂️. Damn it’s been a rough 3 months. God bless and stay safe🙏🏾

— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 12, 2020

No games no pay 👀 hope everybody saved properly

— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) March 12, 2020

I hope all the players take some time to really work on life outside of basketball . Using your resources and celebrity to your advantage . Take the meetings. Diversify and learn to explore other avenues of income while you’re still in the league. Bc when it’s over it’s over !

— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) March 12, 2020

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Not gonna lie, I’m scared. But need to remind myself that God is ALWAYS in control. Always. Revelation 1:17 🙏🏼🙏🏼

— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) March 12, 2020

2020 is being very bad year!! stay safe folks🙏

— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) March 12, 2020

Man… This stuff crazy… Praying for EVERYBODY in this tough time🙏🏽

— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) March 12, 2020

Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier, who has known Gobert since they were teenagers in France, checked in on the 2-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year to see how he’s doing.

Was just on the phone with Rudy. He is doing good man. Lets not panick everyone. Love you all❤️

— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) March 12, 2020

Prayin for @rudygobert27🙏🏽 hope big fella is doing ok

— Jamal Murray (@BeMore27) March 12, 2020

Former NBA players playing professionally in Europe like Sam Dekker are facing different challenges. President Donald Trump announced Thursday that there would be a 30-day ban on travel from Europe to the United States.

crazy bro. Stay solid over there. Hit me if you need anything or just someone to talk to. 🤘🏾🤘🏾🤘🏾

— Justise Winslow (@IAmJustise) March 12, 2020

This is like that scene in Space Jam when the commissioner says “no more basketball games will be played” ☹️☹️ truly wild times we are living in.

— Sam Dekker (@dekker) March 12, 2020

With the regular season in limbo due to the coronavirus, players such as Lou Williams, Miles Bridges and Ja Morant commented on Vince Carter possibly playing in his last NBA game on Thursday night.

In the midst of everything. LETS CELEBRATE VINCE CARTER!!!! We don’t know what the future holds buts let’s give him his flowers and applause tonight!!!! Well done champ🌹🌹🌹

— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) March 12, 2020

Much love OG it was a honor to be able to compete against you ✊🏽

— Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges) March 12, 2020

appreciate you OG .. much love 🙌🏽🙏🏽💪🏽

— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) March 12, 2020

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