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Celtics star Jayson Tatum has immediate message for fans in wake of coronavirus

Celtics, Jayson Tatum

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum shared a message of hope and safety on the NBA’s official Twitter account on Friday, warning fans and viewers to be cautious about their health during the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

“These are tough times, but we’ll get through them together,” Tatum said in a video clip shared by the NBA on Friday. “We love our NBA fans we’ll be out there soon.”

The NBA suspended operations for at least 30 days starting March 12th after Utah Jazz All-Star center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus. Teammate guard Donovan Mitchell later tested positive, too.

A matchup between the Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday was abruptly stopped and later postponed right before tipoff after Gobert displayed symptoms of the infectious coronavirus. Later on Wednesday evening, the NBA suspended the current season, although other games underway were allowed to finish.

The 2019-20 season saw Jayson Tatum become a first-time All-Star, representing the Celtics alongside veteran point guard Kemba Walker — the latter of whom joined Boston last offseason. Tatum turned into a star this 2019-20 campaign, averaging 23.6 points, 7.2 rebounds,and 2.9 assists per game in 59 appearances.

Tatum was expected to be a leader for the Celtics in the now indeterminable playoffs. He helped guide Boston to the third seed in the Western Conference at 43-21. This brilliant campaign follows a year when the Beantown franchise was a bit more dysfunctional and fizzled out of the postseason in a second-round series exit following back-to-back conference finals appearances.