Just over a couple of hours into Thursday's slate of games, the league announced the suspension of the 2019-20 NBA season until further notice after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for COVID-19.
With respect to the steps ahead, here's what the press release stated: "The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic."
MORE: NBA suspends 2019-20 season | Utah Jazz release official statement
Here's a look at how the NBA community, including players, coaches and owners reacted to the league's announcement:
Man we cancelling sporting events, school, office work, etc etc. What we really need to cancel is 2020! 🤦🏾♂️. Damn it's been a rough 3 months. God bless and stay safe🙏🏾- LeBron James (@KingJames) March 12, 2020
2020 aint it. Don't know what to compare this situation to…just gotta buckle up and take care of yourself and those around you. Basketball will be back at some point but right now, protect yourself and stay safe out there!- Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) March 12, 2020
Man... This stuff crazy... Praying for EVERYBODY in this tough time🙏🏽- Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) March 12, 2020
2020 is being very bad year!! stay safe folks🙏- Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) March 12, 2020
Damn- Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) March 12, 2020
Was recording my latest @PullUpPod w/ @carmeloanthony when the news broke of the season being suspended indefinitely. Probably the most memorable podcast to date. Part 1 comes out tomorrow. Dope conversation. A day we will never forget. Since we all staying home tune in !- CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) March 12, 2020
Such a weird night but I am truly thankful for each and every person during this 22yr journey.- Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15) March 12, 2020
If this is really it, I thank everyone for your love and support for all these years.
B E Z✌🏽
wow bro wow- Ja Morant (@JaMorant) March 12, 2020
Wow- Zach LaVine (@ZachLaVine) March 12, 2020
Wow https://t.co/nOVU1NQFEl pic.twitter.com/OO0Zs5R3PZ- Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) March 12, 2020
😱 https://t.co/ujOKFWt2Rg- Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) March 12, 2020
🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾- Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) March 12, 2020
This is crazy 😳😳😳- Tristan Thompson (@RealTristan13) March 12, 2020
Well I just hope this will not last long, and I hope everyone stays safe! Take care people, be smart and don't panic that doesn't help!- Bogdan Bogdanovic (@LeaderOfHorde) March 12, 2020
See you soon! 🤗💜
TO BE CONTINUED.!!! 🤞🏾❤️- JAE CROWDER (@CJC9BOSS) March 12, 2020
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