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Shams Charania: Toronto’s Serge Ibaka has tested negative for coronavirus, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium. Ibaka defended Rudy Gobert throughout Jazz-Raptors game Monday, leading to testing of Toronto players Wednesday night.
Just two players—Gobert and Donovan Mitchell—tested positive for coronavirus. Gobert, who only reported symptoms when Utah arrived in Oklahoma City, sources told, and Mitchell are close, All-Stars who have been teammates since 2018. Oklahoma state health officials acted swiftly after learning of the positive test, the first in Oklahoma City. State officials ordered the testing of all members of the Jazz traveling party, sources say, in an effort to back trace the movements of anyone who tests positive to determine where the infection may have spread.
Gobert publicly apologized for his “careless” behavior in the days before his diagnosis, which included touching the digital recorders of reporters who had placed them in front of Gobert after an interview and reportedly making light of the issue inside the locker room. Mitchell is “extremely frustrated” with Gobert, league sources told In an Instagram post, Mitchell said of coronavirus “hopefully people can continue to educate themselves and realize that they need to behave responsibly both for their own health and for the well being of those around them.”
Both McCollum and Anthony first discussed how much money the league was going to lose if all the NBA games were to still be played, but without fans. And then… The big news bomb dropped at the 20:30 mark of the podcast. McCollum broke the news to Melo. LISTEN HERE "This is crazy. This really caught me off guard," CJ McCollum said. The two discussed the financial ramifications. Nobody knew this was going to happen and as athletes we never think it can happen to us. So we are always like -- oaky we're good, okay I got this money, I got that money. It's not until you hit a crisis when you really understand how much money you have and what you have in the bank and what you don't have in the bank…. It's going to get bad. It's going to get really, really bad. -- Trail Blazers veteran Carmelo Anthony on his initial thoughts of the suspended season news
Prior to going on his weekly radio spot on KNBR on Wednesday evening, Kerr had a discussion with Golden State general manager Bob Myers, in which the possibilities of the situation were laid out. "I had also just spoken to Bob Myers about a half-hour prior and he told me we were heading toward fanless games across the league, like ours was going to be, or a complete suspension," Kerr explained to The Athletic's Anthony Slater. "With the suspension, he said worst case -- if a player gets infected -- that’s when we’re for sure going into a suspension."
"I think the way this whole thing has unfolded, it’s always human nature to be in denial of something that we can’t really understand," Kerr said. "As this stuff was unfolding over the last couple of weeks, it’s hard to fathom that the sports world can come to a complete stop. So your mind as a vulnerable human being is trying to rationalize everything -- like we could do this, we could do that, we could take this measure, this is how we could still play. And then all of a sudden when the reality hits home it’s: 'Oh my God. This is real.'"
Dave McMenamin: Jeremy Lin, who already pledged $150,000 to fight the coronavirus in China, will donate an additional $150,000 to the United States Fund for UNICEF. He quoted Tupac in his announcement: "You see the old way wasn't working so it's on us to do what we gotta do, to survive"
Shams Charania: Sources: One of the NBA Draft's best scouting events -- the Portsmouth Invitational in April -- has been canceled due to coronavirus outbreak. PIT has been showcase event for top seniors over the last 67 years; such as John Stockton, Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen, Jimmy Butler.
Businesses around the TD Garden say they expect the economic repercussions of the NBA and NHL season shutdowns to cost them hundreds of customers a night. “The difference in attendance on a game night is massive; we go from having maybe 20 people here all night to having 300 or 400,” said Stephanie Scione, manager of Sullivan’s Tap on Canal Street. “What do you do now? How do you get people through the door?”
Tony Costa, manager of The Fours Restaurant & Sports Bar, said that the number of customers he gets on a non-game night drops from 1,000 to around 100, which means he’s forced to call in only a fifth of his staff. “We go from 40 employees down to five or six when there’s no game,” Costa said. “You never want to talk about layoffs, but whatever happens happens.”
The economic impact of the coronvirus is becoming clear, especially with sporting events being canceled. The Avalanche and Nuggets’ seasons have been officially been suspended by their leagues. On game nights at Brooklyn’s restaurant near the Pepsi Center, the venue employs more than 50 people. On non-game nights, only four people work there.
What will the Warriors’ ownership do to help the ushers, vendors, janitors and other Chase Center support staffers survive the loss of income during the current NBA shutdown? That’s an army of about 1,500 people, paid by the hour when they work, and most are suddenly out of work. The NBA has shut down for at least 30 days, and concerts at Chase are a no-go for at least two weeks, by San Francisco decree. “We will definitely do something, soon (to assist the workers),” Warriors’ owner Joe Lacob said Thursday, via email. “We have an idea, but (we) have to make sure we can do it.”
One Chase Center worker, Sylvia Lewis, said she would be receptive to doing out-of-venue work for the Warriors in order to maintain some cash flow. “If there's a job that they want us to do from our home, if they want us to do mailers, or whatever needs to be done, I am definitely willing to do it, because I need to work,” said Lewis, a “team leader” who manages the staff at a food concession at Chase. “I cannot afford to lose my home.”
In a recent interview with The Athletic's Marcus Thompson, the former Defensive Player of the Year intimated he doesn't expect to be back out on the court anytime soon, despite how badly he would like to be. "The only way I think they allow the season to start back up,” Green said, "is if they come out with some stuff to say, ‘It’s not as bad as we thought,' or if they find some kind of cure. Because otherwise, if they start the season back up and then somebody else catches it, then what? You can’t just quarantine a few guys for some days and then start it all back up. That s--t ain’t going to work."
One of the NBA players who tested positive for COVID-19 was at a metro school before the game, school officials confirmed Thursday. “There is a sense of panic about it,” Del City Superintendent Dr. Rick Cobb said. “There are a lot of people are worried.” Utah Jazz All Star forward Donovan Mitchell visited Del City High School Tuesday for a shoot around, according to the superintendent.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: It’s bigger than basketball! And during this tough time I want to help the people that make my life, my family’s lives and my teammates lives easier. Me and my family pledge to donate $100,000 to the Fiserv Forum staff. We can get through this together! 🙏🏽
Jason Anderson: The Kings announced: All team activities suspended through March 16; players will remain in the Sacramento area; no group workouts or practices; no Kings players have experienced symptoms of COVID-19; all players have been asked to stay home as much as possible through Monday.
Marc J. Spears: The Kings say their players will remain in the Sacramento area and will not participate in group workouts or practices. Currently, no Kings players have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 and all players have been asked to stay home as much as possible through Monday.
Famuos NBA expert Chris Broussard shared his thoughts on the impact of coronavirus to the NBA season. “There are all kinds of speculations. I think it’s overly optimistic, but some think it’ll be out for two or three weeks and they’ll resume playing. Others have said they’re off for the next 30 days and after 30 days you’ll start the playoffs,” analyst told. “We don’t know. This could be much longer than we think. We’re just kind of at the beginning of it,” Broussard summed up.
"I think overall leadership is about having a direct derivative and I think he's had a direct derivative from the start," Smith said. "He understands the culture that we're in. He understands the world that we live in from human rights to human pandemics. He's always been ahead of the curve. We trust what he says because it's always clear." As for Kenny's co-worker Charles Barkley -- who's currently self-quarantined over coronavirus fears -- Smith says "he's fine right now."
Shams Charania: NBA and players union are planning to enter agreement for a moratorium period during league hiatus from coronavirus situation, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. It would freeze all business such as trades, signings, player/team options, 10-days.
In a correspondence to players addressing the uncertainty surrounding the NBA's indefinite suspension of play, the National Basketball Players Association on Friday spelled out terms on a doomsday provision included in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that could free owners from paying players a percentage of their salaries should the rest of the season be lost to the coronavirus pandemic. The CBA includes a clause called the Force Majeure Event that includes multiple dramatic scenarios -- including epidemics -- that the league could trigger in the event of a worst case scenario. Other instances that could trigger the clause include natural disasters and war. The next scheduled paycheck for players comes on Sunday and those will be fulfilled.
Nick Friedell: Warriors staffers have been told to work from home for at least the next two weeks. Warriors players can work out individually inside the team’s facility if they would like — but they are not required to do so.
Jon Johnson: Members of Sixers’ medical team have been making daily calls to players, staff to check how they’re feeling. No news on tests, results.
Sarah K. Spencer: Hawks had a team meeting this morning. Goal was to give players opportunity to ask questions + keep them in the loop as best as possible entering the NBA's 30-day hiatus. Teams are not allowed to practice for the next few days, but players can work out individually at facility.
McCollum’s thoughts quickly turned to the livelihood of his fellow NBA players. “This is crazy,” he said on his podcast. “This really caught me off guard. I’m sweating, not because I’m nervous, because I take good care of myself, but I’m worried about a lot of players in the league who weren’t thinking about this ever happening. The fact that a big revenue stream is going to be taken away from a lot of players right now is a scary thought for some people that might not have prepared for disaster.”
The NCAA on Thursday canceled the men's and women's basketball tournaments due to coronavirus, but before the governing body "dragged itself to this inevitable conclusion, one underlying truth was exposed over the past 48 hours: The relationship between the NCAA and its member conferences is barely functional and needs some significant repair once the world goes back to normal," according to Dan Wolken of USA TODAY. Sources said that at a "time of crisis with big decisions needing to be made, the communication coming from the NCAA office was woefully lacking." The sources were "highly critical of the NCAA for failing to deliver a clear picture over the past two days, which led to some eyebrow-raising decisions."
ABC News: BREAKING: Los Angeles and San Diego unified school districts, the two largest in California, "will close, effective Monday, March 16, in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19." Jared Dudley: The right decision!
In particular, EuroLeague decided to temporarily suspend its competitions for the protection of the participants and fans. Moreover, Bertomeu informs the fans that there will not be any basketball games until at least April 11. Furthermore, he is stating that EuroLeague is committed on delivering an ending to the season. "Our games will be suspended until at least April 11, 2020 and we remain committed to deliver an ending to what has been an outstanding season so far."
Chris Haynes: The NBA will not fine or suspend Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert for his actions leading up to testing positive for the coronavirus, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Adam Silver said that the NBA reached out to Rudy Gobert to develop a PSA to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Gobert tested positive for the virus, leading the NBA to suspend the league for at least 30 days.
ESPN sportscaster Scott Van Pelt and senior reporter Adrian Wojnarowski certainly think so, as they talked about the Jazz and the entire league’s conundrum on Thursday. Van Pelt noted that there seems to a discord between Gobert and the rest of his teammates, following his nonchalant approach to the virus before his diagnosis. Wojnarowski, who broke the story on Wednesday, echoed the same sentiment. “That is an astute observation. The Jazz are fortunate that they don’t have to get back together and start playing games again right now. There’s a lot of work to do to repair relationships not just between Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, but others in the locker room. There’s a lot of frustration with Gobert. He certainly was apologetic today. They got great leadership in Utah. In that locker room, it’s going to be a test to get this team back on track,” Woj said.
An NBA player who on Wednesday tested positive for the novel coronavirus was seen five days earlier handing his game-worn arm sleeves to young fans at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 before Wednesday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. In the wake of that diagnosis, the NBA became the first pro sports organization in the U.S. to suspended play as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the country.
“I was shocked by the number of teams that were clueless at the size that [the coronavirus] would get to,” said one high-ranking executive privy to leaguewide conversations. “Some teams that hadn’t faced an outbreak in their communities didn’t think it was worth talking about.”
However, there is “force majeure” language in the CBA for owners to claw some of that money back should games be wiped out by events beyond the league’s control. In addition to acts of war and acts of nature, this section specifically mentions epidemics. The amount is 1/92.6th of the player salary for every game missed. In reality, this likely would end up in a negotiation between the Players Association and the league. More ominously, the league has the right to terminate the CBA in the case of a force majeure event by providing 60 days’ notice. It’s not clear that it would be advantageous for it to do so unless next season were also in jeopardy, but the language is in there.
Kristen Kenney: Thank you for your concern & constant support. I tested negative and am now back home. I am grateful for the way our team @utahjazz & the health officials in Oklahoma and Utah went above and beyond to make us feel safe and cared for during an unprecedented time. 🙏
“You just got to take care of yourself,” Fertitta said on CNBC. “There’s no reason to panic even when they announce that another 100,000 people have it, OK? People are going to get this. People are at home with it, just don’t go to work and you don’t give it to other people, don’t go to a ballgame and give it to other people. Everybody just needs to take care of themselves and we all need to have good habits right now. “We’re going to find out every day that more people have this, but we’ve got to go on about our lives. But you’re not going to die from this. You can take your rarest diseases that you get in America and not as many people are going to die from the Coronavirus as die from these [rare diseases].”
Fertitta was asked how his Chinese restaurant businesses were faring after a rapid spread that only hit Beijing less than two months ago. His answer is ominous for the NBA, which has only just begun this fight. “Let me use just one word: bad,” Fertitta said while chuckling. “You know, it’s so funny. I’m going to tell you something funny, is the fact that -- and it’s not funny -- but we were finally able to reopen a Morton’s in Beijing the other day and this has never happened in all my 30, 40 years with any of my restaurants, but we (re)opened the restaurant …”
“It is insane,” Green said in a phone interview on Thursday. “It’s one of those things where it doesn’t hit home until it hits home. The stuff that happened with the Jazz, honestly, just put everybody on alert. You’re thinking, ‘It won’t happen to me. It won’t happen to me. It can’t happen to me.’ Then it happens to someone in your same field. Someone you’re on the court with four times a year — and you’re playing against players he played against. To be honest, it makes me think about everybody who possibly could be affected that don’t necessarily have health care or enough resources to get through this.”
Bovada Sportsbook has offered bettors the opportunity to wager on when the NBA will officially return to the hardwood. It is listing April 15th as the proposed date to wager on. Bettors expecting a lengthier absence have to lay juice of -230. Those who expect the suspension to last only about a month can wager on it a plus-odds.
Shams Charania: NBA has informed franchises that "each team is encouraged" to conduct educational meeting by Monday for players/staff with physicians to discuss coronavirus situation -- either in person (appropriate spacing) or remotely. Several teams had such meetings before suspended season.
Anthony Slater: Warriors players, coaches, staffers haven’t and, at this point, won’t receive COVID-19 testing unless they show symptoms. Just isn’t the capacity for it yet. Franchise is kind of in a freeze and isolation mode like rest of the league/country. More direction from NBA next week.
David Locke: I am home safely. I tested negative. Thanks for everyone who has reached out to me. Enormous thanks to all the members of the @Utah Jazz who went beyond their regular duties to keep us safe and get us home. Look forward to talking soon.
Jeff Goodman: Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder had multiple meetings with the players about the seriousness of Coronavirus, source told @Stadium. Also had a doctor come in and talk to the team separately.
Sarah K. Spencer: No Hawks players have exhibited any signs of coronavirus, as of now. The league has not asked the Hawks to self-quarantine or get tested for coronavirus, since they have not played the Jazz.
Zach Lowe: E-sports, too: the NBA 2K League is expected to announce tonight that it is postponing the start of its season, which had been scheduled to begin on March 24. The league and 2K are working closely to see if it is possible to play games remotely, source says.
Shams Charania: The NBA has informed all 30 teams on policies effective immediately and through March 16, including: - All players must remain in market of team - Players remain home as long as possible - NO group workouts, practices - Team physicians/trainers speak to each player once a day
In a video posted to the message board website Reddit, Gobert can be seen removing his arm sleeves after the Jazz's 111-105 victory. He hands one of them to a child as he exits the court, then hands the other arm sleeve to another child as he heads into the tunnel. In a video posted to the message board website Reddit, Gobert can be seen removing his arm sleeves after the Jazz's 111-105 victory. He hands one of them to a child as he exits the court, then hands the other arm sleeve to another child as he heads into the tunnel.
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