Players from five NBA teams have been told to self-quarantine after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert became the first player to test positive for coronavirus.
The Jazz were scheduled to play the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road on Wednesday night, but the game was postponed shortly before tipoff after news emerged a player had tested positive for COVID-19.
The team said in a statement that an unnamed player had “tested negative for influenza, strep throat and an upper respiratory infection.
“The individual’s symptoms diminished over the course of [Wednesday], however, in a precautionary measure, and in consultation and cooperation with NBA medical staff and Oklahoma health officials, the decision was made to test for COVID-19.”
As early as Monday, Gobert appeared to make light of the panic surrounding coronavirus. A clip posted on social media shows him touching all of the microphones placed on the table in front of him as he left a press conference.
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