The coronavirus is a pandemic that has swept the globe. Now, it looks like another Utah Jazz star player has the virus. As a result of close contact with his teammate, Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell has tested positive for the coronavirus. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Gobert, who’s positive test made the NBA suspend the season, was careless and was touching other players and their belongings.
Donovan Mitchell Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Jazz star Donovan Mitchell has tested positive for the coronavirus, league sources tell ESPN. Jazz players privately say that Rudy Gobert had been careless in the locker room touching other players and their belongings. Now a Jazz teammate has tested positive.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 12, 2020
Gobert is the first NBA player to test positive for the virus. However, he was going to try to play in the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder but it was found that he tested positive for the coronavirus. As a result, the NBA postponed the game and eventually shut down the season. The NBA has not stated if the season will resume again or they will start the playoffs. However, the expectations are that the season will begin again, sometime in the future.
The coronavirus has affected other sports like college basketball. As a result of the virus, the NCAA and conference officials have decided to cancel some conference tournaments. It remains to be seen if the NCAA Tournament will take place.
ESPN’s Royce Young said, Chris Paul went to go see what was wrong with Gobert and other players on the Utah Jazz told him to “get away”. The coronavirus has proved to be a deadly virus that has killed thousands.
As a result of his splendid play, Mitchell was an All-Star for the first time this season. He is currently averaging 24.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. The Jazz are currently the fourth seed in the NBA standings. It has yet to be seen if other players have the virus. Out of 58 tests that were administered to the Jazz travel crew on Wednesday night, only Mitchell’s test came back positive, which is good news.
As a result of playing against the Jazz and coming in contact with Rudy Gobert, teams have been told to self-quarantine. The teams that faced the Jazz since March 2nd are the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Detriot Pistons, and Toronto Raptors. Hopefully, the spread of the coronavirus in the NBA will just be these two players.
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