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NBA Suspends Season After Player Tests Positive For Coronavirus

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The NBA announced that it was suspending the season following Wednesday night's scheduled games until further notice over coronavirus concerns.

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Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz speaks to the media during 2020 NBA All-Star - Practice & Media Day at Wintrust Arena on February 15, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The announcement came after Rudy Gobert, a player on the Utah Jazz, preliminary tested positive for coronavirus. On Thursday, ESPN reported that Gobert's teammate, Donovan Mitchell, had also tested positive.

According to the league, the test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of Wednesday night's game between the Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Area. The league said Gobert was not present in the arena and that the game was canceled.

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The NBA said it would "use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic."

The NHL said in a statement Wednesday night that it was continuing to consult with medical experts and was "evaluating the options," after the NBA's announcement.

The statement said the NHL was expected to have further updates Thursday.

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