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The NBA Suspends Its Season Due to Coronavirus, and Celebrities Are Gutted

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NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver speaks to the media at a press conference during NBA All-Star Saturday Night Presented by State Farm as part of 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend on Feb. 15, 2020 at United Center in Chicago.

f you thought the coronavirus was a bummer, the NBA just postponed the last leg of its season. Because of the spreading disease.

The Association took the drastic measure after Utah Jazz and France star center Rudy Gobert reportedly tested positive for the virus, just before his team tipped-off against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The game was abandoned.

The NBA is “suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league said in a statement. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”

It’s a sharp u-turn from the league, which was expected to play out games in empty arenas until the disease was contained.

With the all-star game in the rearview, the 82-game regular season is in the final straight. Many teams have roughly 16 games to go. The virus simply couldn’t have come at a worse time for NBA fans. And there are many.

Celebs and athletes took out their shock and awe online, as the NBA announced the ball would stop bouncing for the foreseeable future. See some of the reaction below.

 

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