The NBA has decided to suspend the season following tonight’s games.
The NBA "will use hiatus to determine next steps moving forward," league says. https://t.co/tWoRO8pbfT— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 12, 2020
The league had been mulling its options in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. It seemed like the league was heading towards playing games without fans, but Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for the virus, which seems to have pushed the league to call off games while they decide what to do.
This is an unprecedented step for the NBA to take.
We’ll keep this posted as more information comes to light.
UPDATE 3/12/20 9:33 a.m.: The suspension will at least two weeks, but some are expecting it to go longer than that.
UPDATE 3/12/20 4:08 p.m.: Owners are pushing for an initial 30 days suspension before reevaluating. An official announcement should come soon.
NBA owners are encouraging of commissioner Adam Silver to re-evaluate the league's suspension in 30 days, sources tell ESPN. League is expected to make a formal announcement on an initial timetable soon.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 12, 2020
UPDATE 3/13/20 4:19 p.m. (super late): Adam Silver said in an interview with TNT that the hiatus will last at least 30 days.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said on TNT that the NBA hiatus will be "at least 30 days."— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 13, 2020
UPDATE 3/16/2020: Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the NBA owners and executives preparing for a return in June.
Nothing is set in stone yet and there’s been no official word from the league, but that’s what teams are preparing for. They’ve been told to look into available arena dates well into August for the playoffs. Games may be played in team practice facilities instead of empty arenas if the games were to resume with no fans.