Jazz-Thunder Game Postponed, Rudy Gobert Tests Positive for Coronavirus (UPDATE)

The game has been postponed to a later date.

Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz looks on before a game against the Toronto Raptors.

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Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz looks on before a game against the Toronto Raptors.

UPDATE, 3/12/20, 10:55 a.m. ET: According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Donovan Mitchell has also tested positive for the coronavirus.

Jazz star Donovan Mitchell has tested positive for the coronavirus, league sources tell ESPN. Jazz players privately say that Rudy Gobert had been careless in the locker room touching other players and their belongings. Now a Jazz teammate has tested positive.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 12, 2020

The Athletic's Shams Charania adds that Mitchell was the only player or personnel from the Jazz who tested positive. Mitchell took to Instagram to thank fans for their support, and asked people to "continue to educate themselves" and "behave responsibly" during the outbreak. 

Sources: Donovan Mitchell was the only Jazz player/personnel to test positive for coronavirus out of 58 tests administered on Wednesday night. Remaining tests came back negative.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 12, 2020

Prior to the Thunder/Jazz game being postponed and news of Mitchell testing positive, the Jazz player had worked out at an Oklahoma City-area high school:

Donovan Mitchell was working out at an OKC-area high school before the Thunder game, per The Oklahoman, as shown here in this tweet: https://t.co/lY3I65jJSw

— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) March 12, 2020

See original story below.

On Monday, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert spoke with reporters as the NBA implemented new media guidelines in response to concerns over COVID-19, and in an act of defiance, he got up and touched the mic and recorder of every reporter.

As part of the Jazz’s COVID-19 response, shootaround availability was done in the ZBBC media room today rather than on the court. As Rudy Gobert got finished discussing the situation, he stood up, leaned over and made it a point to touch every mic and recorder in front of him. 😂

— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) March 9, 2020

Utah Jazz All-Star Rudy Gobert has tested positive for coronavirus, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

Sources say Gobert is feeling good, strong and stable — and was feeling strong enough to play tonight.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 12, 2020

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Gobert tested positive for coronavirus two days later.

Something is going on here. Thunder head medical staffer Donnie Strack just grabbed the three officials and told them something. All players were just told to go back to their bench. We’re seconds from tipoff.

— Royce Young (@royceyoung) March 12, 2020

Things took a strange turn seconds before tip-off on Wednesday when Oklahoma City Thunder head medical staffer Donnie Strack ran over to speak with officials to discuss something related to Gobert's "illness" designation.

Both teams are heading to their locker rooms. I think the game might’ve just been called.

— Royce Young (@royceyoung) March 12, 2020

.@royceyoung reports that the Thunder-Jazz game was seconds away from tipping off when the Thunder's head medical staffer sprinted onto the floor to talk to referees in Oklahoma City.

At that point, players and staff were sent back to their respective locker rooms. pic.twitter.com/WsSOU09kVP

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 12, 2020

Injury Report:

QUESTIONABLE - Rudy Gobert (illness)

QUESTIONABLE - Emmanuel Mudiay (illness)

— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) March 11, 2020

It was revealed that officials were awaiting league approval to proceed, given the illnesses of Gobert and his Jazz teammate Emmanuel Mudiay. 

Thunder broadcast team is saying that due to Rudy Gobert's illness, the officials have put the game in a delay. They are now waiting for confirmation from the NBA if they should play the game or not.

— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) March 12, 2020

Because of an illness before the game they are waiting on the game to be confirmed from the league office.

— Tony Jones (@Tjonesonthenba) March 12, 2020

Jazz at Thunder game postponed.
Fans being sent home.

— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) March 12, 2020

Then, it was announced that the game was postponed.

Breaking: The Thunder-Jazz game has been postponed to a later date, per the NBA. pic.twitter.com/4z8liN5Kra

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 12, 2020

Oh they bout to shut this season down for a couple weeks... https://t.co/zAUI0zq2nl

— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) March 12, 2020

They’re now wiping down the Jazz’s bench area. pic.twitter.com/uf8TsA8CrR

— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) March 12, 2020

After all the fans left, both teams' benches were wiped down. 

The Jazz and Thunder players are currently quarantined in the OKC arena, league sources tell ESPN. This is following Rudy Gobert testing positive for the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, players and staff on both teams were being quarantined in their respective locker rooms inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. 

Prior to tip-off as the game was delayed, Chris Paul ran over to the Utah bench and said “what’s wrong with Rudy?” and they all yelled for him to get away. Now all the players are quarantined in their locker rooms, being tested for the virus.
Was just on the phone with Rudy. He is doing good man. Lets not panick everyone. Love you all❤️

Evan Fournier provided an update on Gobert's condition and said he's "doing good."

#Breaking: The team plane used to transported the Utah Jazz to Oklahoma City was later used to transport both the Orlando Magic and the Memphis Grizzlies in recent days. pic.twitter.com/2vUTOcKdR8

It was also reported that the same team plane that the Utah Jazz used was recently utilized by the Grizzlies and Magic.

Rudy Gobert addresses his diagnosis: “I would like to publicly apologize to the people that I may have endangered. At the time, I had no idea I was even infected. I was careless and make no excuse. I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously.” pic.twitter.com/H2E735My4d

— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) March 12, 2020

On Thursday, Gobert took to social media, where he addresed his diagnosis, and apologized to the people that he "may have endangered."

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