Report: NBA facing at least month-long hiatus due to coronavirus

NBA suspends season due to coronavirus
Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

The NBA suspended its season in the wake Rudy Gobert testing positive test for coronavirus – sparking numerous questions, especially:

How long will the stoppage last?

Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times, via Justin Russo:

The regular season was originally scheduled to end in just over a month. So, this throws the entire schedule into disarray. The league reportedly expects to resume the season with a truncated schedule. But this is also the same league that – as of yesterday – expected to continue games, just without fans in attendance. There are so many variables.

The NBA’s most-affected team will determine so much of this. (Unless the season resumes with the playoffs. In that case, it’d be the league’s most-affected postseason team.)

Recent Jazz opponents – Cavaliers, Knicks, Celtics, Pistons, Raptors – are self-quarantining. In Toronto’s case, that’s for at least 14 days.

Kayla Grey of TSN:

Presumably, other teams face similar timelines.

There are also further-reaching effects to other teams – like the Wizards.

Chris Miller of NBC Sports:

As coronavirus spreads, a return to NBA basketball becomes such a moving target. But Toronto’s two weeks of self-isolating set a clear starting point. And that’s only the start.