Australian basketball player Joe Ingles is currently in quarantine after one of his Utah Jazz teammates tested positive for coronavirus, which led the NBA to cancel the season.
Ingles, 32, and his teammates were just minutes away from running on the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma field when all games were suddenly interrupted.
The NBA made the call after teammate Rudy Gobert’s preliminary coronavirus test came back positive.
As a precaution, Ingles, his Utah Jazz teammates and his Oklahoma City opponents have been placed in quarantine in the local area.
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Australian basketball player Joe Ingles (pictured with wife Renae) is currently in quarantine after his Utah Jazz teammate tested positive for coronavirus, resulting in suspension from the NBA season
Ingles teammate Rudy Gobert (left, with Ingles) returned a positive coronavirus test after apparently touching journalists’ microphones last week
Ingles’ wife Renae and their twin children weren’t in Oklahoma City with him, and it’s unclear whether they will need to be placed in segregation as well.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 27,244
New South Wales: 4,273
Western Australia: 692
South Australia: 473
Australian Capital Territory: 113
Northern Territory: 33
TOTAL CASES: 27,244
ESTIMATED ACTIVE CASES: 269
Updated: 5:31 p.m. October 11, 2020
Source: Australian Government Department of Health
The NBA announced it was canceling its season on Wednesday night, U.S. time after the Oklahoma City Thunder game against the Jazz has been postponed without explanation.
The Gobert Jazz Center recently fell ill after touching journalists’ microphones and recorders, and a source claimed he tested positive for the coronavirus.
“Sources say Gobert is feeling good, strong and stable – and feeling strong enough to play tonight,” Shams Charania, NBA Insider / Writer / Analyst Senior Lead for The Athletic and Stadium, tweeted Wednesday evening.
In Oklahoma, the starting XI were announced and it appeared the game was ready to begin after the Thunder’s mascot and their hype team, the Storm Chasers, attempted to entertain a packed house of fans during the delay. 35 minutes.
Then, after a conversation between the officials, the warming up teams returned to the locker room, the match was called off and the officials left the hall.
The only explanation was a public announcement citing “unforeseen circumstances”.
The NBA canceled its season, it was announced Wednesday night
Jazz center Rudy Gobert recently tested positive for COVID-19, source said
But it was reported that Gobert “felt good, strong and stable – and felt strong enough to play tonight”
Media reporters were banned from the locker room and told they had to interview team members off the pitch.
On Wednesday night, NBA owners met by teleconference to have more talks scheduled for Thursday with the intention of finalizing plans so that an announcement can be made by the league.
The owners have discussed an option to temporarily suspend play from all games, but the idea of playing without fans – and stressing that it would be in the short term – is what has received the most support, according to the person. who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity as no details had been made public.
Brooklyn’s game at Golden State on Thursday was previously scheduled to be played without fans, but because of a local executive order banning the congregation of more than 1,000 people for events in San Francisco and not because of a warrant in the league scale.
San Francisco is banning all large gatherings for the next two weeks, and the Golden State Warriors plan to play at least one home game without fans.
Gobert fell ill after touching reporters’ microphones and recorders
Gobert (27) is interviewed by Jazz reporter Kristen Kenney after an NBA basketball game in Dallas on February 10
The Mayor of London Breed announced the ban on Wednesday. She says she understands the order “is disruptive, but it’s an important step in supporting public health.” She says the Warriors are supporting the efforts.
The Warriors’ next home game after this one is on March 25 against Atlanta.
Golden State had also said that all events until March 21 would be canceled or postponed. The G League Santa Cruz Warriors were scheduled to host the Austin Spurs on Saturday, but that will be moved to Santa Cruz.
Fans will receive refunds, the team said.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Wednesday announced that an ordinance banning mass gatherings was coming, which would likely impact the states professional teams, the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets and MLS Columbus Crew, MLB Cleveland Indians and NBA Cavaliers.
It was also not immediately clear when the NBA’s tenure, if approved as planned, would take effect. The belief was that this would happen very quickly.
For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially the elderly and people with existing health problems, it can cause more serious illness, including pneumonia.
The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, which declared a pandemic on Wednesday, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness can take three to six weeks to recover. In mainland China, where the virus first exploded, more than 80,000 people have been diagnosed and more than 58,000 have so far recovered.
NBA games are likely to be played in empty stadiums soon (photo is an image of the Chase Center in San Francisco, home of the Golden State Warriors)
Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego said “it’s a scary time.”
“We love our fans and it’s just going to feel different,” Borrego said. “We’ll just have to navigate and understand as we go.”
Speaking earlier on Wednesday, Milwaukee Bucks star and reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo said it was difficult for him to consider playing without fans watching him.
‘It’s going to be hard. As an athlete you play for the fans, ”said Antetokounmpo.
“At the end of the day, you’re there to win games, but we’re here to entertain them too.
“When you have the kind of momentum swing, you have a dunk and a three, and there’s silence, it takes a lot of energy from you, it doesn’t give you any. It’s gonna be tough … but we have to do what we have to do.