Over the past hour, we had learned that Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus, the OKC Thunder-Utah Jazz matchup was postponed and the NBA was going to suspend regular season play after tonight, but the New Orleans Pelicans were still scheduled to battle the Sacramento Kings tonight...until just minutes ago.
Update: Tonight’s game will not be played https://t.co/4kkvf4szyp— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) March 12, 2020
Thank goodness for common sense. As I and many others had mentioned on Twitter right from the jump, there was absolutely no reason for the Pelicans and Kings to take the floor. If the priority is to combat the coronavirus, to slow its spread through every corner of the country, the games needed to be suspended immediately.
No reason for Pelicans and Kings to take the floor with everything we know about the coronavirus and the necessary precautions needed to combat its spread. Why allow further close contact between players, coaches, staffs, referees, arena employess & fans and risk more exposure???— Oleh Kosel (@OlehKosel) March 12, 2020
Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story; however, please don’t be upset by tonight’s cancellation and the NBA’s announcement to suspend play indefinitely. As Joel Meyers said on the Fox Sports New Orleans broadcast before signing off with Antonio Daniels, “There’s not an issue with postponing games, suspending play for at least several weeks, to make sure they get it right.”
A hiatus we can handle if it means helping keep loved ones, friends — every single person in the United States of America — a little more out of harm’s way.