REPORT: Kings-Pelicans game postponed amid coronavirus scare
Earlier on Wednesday, the matchup between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder was postponed after Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus. Now, the NBA game between the Sacramento Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans has suffered the same fate.
Per Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times, the Kings-Pelicans showdown has officially been postponed, although no immediate reason has been provided. It follows the league’s announcement about the suspension of the season due to Gobert’s condition.
However, it is worth noting that according to Markazi, NBA referee Courtney Kirkland worked a Jazz game on Monday and was scheduled to ref for the Kings-Pelicans match-up.
The Kings-Pelicans game has officially been postponed.
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) March 12, 2020
It remains to be seen what steps the NBA will take after a player contracted the coronavirus. It is worth noting that fans at the canceled game at Chesapeake Energy Arena in OKC were asked to leave the arena and go back home while the players on both teams have been quarantined in their respective locker rooms.
While it is certainly a move of precaution, the NBA is confident it is taking the right actions. They have also stated that they will use the time to figure out exactly what their next steps will be regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
No word has been posted about how long the NBA’s suspension will last, but with the Kings-Pelicans game being the last game of the day, there will be no NBA games until the league decides to lift the ban.