The COVID-19 pandemic has swept across the world. When Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert contracted the virus, it changed the course of NBA history.
The year 2020 is shaping up to be one of the most historic in NBA history. First, the Association mourned the loss of former commissioner David Stern. Next, the league was shaken to the core, after Kobe Bryant, his daughter GiGi, and seven others perished in a tragic helicopter crash. Just as the NBA began to regain a sense of normalcy, an indefinite hiatus – which will last at least 30 days, but probably more – was announced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thus far, three players have tested positive for the virus, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was the first player to test positive, followed by his teammate Donovan Mitchell and Pistons big man Christian Wood – all per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
This may sound strange, with that said; Gobert testing positive for the virus might have been one of the best things to happen. It forced the NBA to make a tough decision and they chose correctly. The league put safety ahead of profit and if it saves one life or one-million lives, the decision was worth it.
Let’s take a look back at how it all unfolded.
This was prior to Thunder vs. Jazz
Leading up to the big moment
H/T to Josh Wilson
It sounds so cliche, but this is so much bigger than basketball
A visual Look from the night that changed league history
Kinda scary how fast things can spread
Pretty much how we all felt on Wednesday
Allen Iverson would be proud
Steph’s calming message
This is going to make such a good documentary
The official release
If this was it, thanks legend
Potentially a year without a champion, just wow
Marc Cuban is a GOAT
It did not take that long
AD is someone who should be guiding others through this storm
Rudy Gobert breaks his silence
Everything is literally in flux
But, life goes on
Pretty much the perspective of all sports media personalities
Let’s get after it
Perfect time to pick up a new skill
When you can’t go out, cook at home
*Inserts chin-scratching emoji
Hard to find a high note within the difficult situation unfolding before our very eyes, but this photo shared by Nina Westbrook of her husband Russell Westbrook holding their son Noah really stood out.
Noah appears to be so happy that he is spending time with his dad, unaware that and more importantly, he doesn’t care his dad is not playing professional basketball right now, he is just happy to be spending quality time with Russ.
At this time, it’s unclear what will happen next. Stay safe, everyone.