While the Wednesday’s NBA schedule was underway, the league announced the indefinite suspension of the ongoing season in the wake of the Corona virus outbreak.
The announcement came after Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert was tested positive for the dreadful virus.
“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of [Wednesday’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.”
The decision to suspend the league brought varied reactions from fans as well as the players. The announcement initially surprised many but latter seemed a sensible one. Many players, current and former, took to Twitter to express their views on the abrupt suspension of the league.
Among the players to express their surprise on the suspension were Kevin Durant and Rudy Gay.
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) March 12, 2020
I’m still in shock!
— Rudy Gay (@RudyGay) March 12, 2020
LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Luka Doncic felt 2020 is unfortunate after the NBA suspension
2020 did have a few unfortunate events. While the demise of Kobe Bryant shook the entire world earlier this year, Coronavirus is currently plaguing the residents of the planet.
2020 aint it. Don’t know what to compare this situation to…just gotta buckle up and take care of yourself and those around you. Basketball will be back at some point but right now, protect yourself and stay safe out there!
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) March 12, 2020
2020 is being very bad year!! stay safe folks🙏
— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) March 12, 2020
Man we cancelling sporting events, school, office work, etc etc. What we really need to cancel is 2020! 🤦🏾♂️. Damn it’s been a rough 3 months. God bless and stay safe🙏🏾
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 12, 2020
Apart from these star players, a few other current and former player expressed their views on the suspension.
I hope all the players take some time to really work on life outside of basketball . Using your resources and celebrity to your advantage . Take the meetings. Diversify and learn to explore other avenues of income while you’re still in the league. Bc when it’s over it’s over !
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) March 12, 2020
Feel bad for everyone working in the arenas that won’t get pay during this suspension. Also for the homeless and those in prison that will be second/third thoughts in these time. Prayers up.
— Wilson Chandler (@wilsonchandler) March 12, 2020
The @NBA has made the right decision to put all games on pause until they can find a scenario where everyone is as safe as possible. This is unprecedented and we should act that way. 🙏🏾
— Quentin Richardson (@QRich) March 12, 2020