Sources — Rudy Gobert has coronavirus; Jazz, Thunder players quarantined


Wednesday’s Oklahoma City Thunder-Utah Jazz game at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City was postponed before tipoff after a player tested positive for the coronavirus, the NBA said in a statement.

The player is the Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, sources told ESPN. Jazz and Thunder players were being quarantined at the arena, sources said.

The Jazz will need to coordinate with Oklahoma and Salt Lake City public health organizations before they can return to Utah, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The NBA said in a statement that the player’s test result was reported shortly before tipoff. The league said the player wasn’t in the arena.

The Jazz said in a statement that the player “tested negative for influenza, strep throat and an upper respiratory infection. The individual’s symptoms diminished over the course of [Wednesday], however, in a precautionary measure, and in consultation and cooperation with NBA medical staff and Oklahoma health officials, the decision was made to test for COVID-19.”

The Jazz said that they “immediately informed the league office” when it was determined the player needed to be tested.

“The individual is currently in the care of health officials in Oklahoma City,” the Jazz said.

Players from teams the Jazz have faced within the past 10 days are being told to self-quarantine, a source told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. During that time period, Utah has played the Cleveland Cavaliers, the New York Knicks, the Boston Celtics, the Detroit Pistons and the Toronto Raptors.

The starting lineups were announced for Wednesday’s game, and it appeared the event was ready to start. Then, after conversation among the officials, the teams went back to the locker rooms, and the officials left the floor.

The Thunder’s mascot and the team’s hype crew, the Storm Chasers, tried to keep a full house of fans entertained during the delay. The halftime entertainment was moved up to pregame.

The postponement announcement came about 35 minutes after the scheduled tipoff, with the public-address announcer saying the decision was made “due to unforeseen circumstances.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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