3/12 UPDATE: The Bulls released a statement on Thursday after Donovan Mitchell also tested positive for COVID-19. Nobody on the Bulls with symptoms:
Official Statement from the Chicago Bulls: pic.twitter.com/IpwNvXERH1— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 12, 2020
NBA To Suspend Season Following Tonight's Games pic.twitter.com/2PTx2fkLlW— NBA (@NBA) March 12, 2020
Thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, the NBA was already heading toward playing games with no fans in arenas. But after a surreal scene in Oklahoma City that saw the Thunder and Jazz yanked off the court right before tip-off, it was revealed that Gobert had tested positive. Shortly afterward, the NBA made the announcement that the season would be suspended after tonight’s games were completed (with the exception of the games in OKC and Sacramento, which never began).
The Jazz released this statement, which highlighted that Gobert is doing okay:
The Bulls flew to Orlando on Wednesday in preparation to play the Magic on Thursday, but they’ll obviously be coming back to Chicago at some point soon. Zach LaVine bluntly reacted to the news:
Wow— Zach LaVine (@ZachLaVine) March 12, 2020
This is absolutely mind-blowing stuff right now, and there are just so many unknowns moving forward as the world tries to combat COVID-19.
What we do know is this: the Chicago Bulls currently have the seventh-worst record in the NBA at 22-43 as play stops. We’ll see if they resume play later this season, but that’s something to worry about on another day. For now, the league needs to take every precaution when it comes to dealing with this situation.