The Washington Wizards’ players, coaches and basketball operations personnel have been advised to self-quarantine for the next three to four days after they may have come in contact with people or rooms infected with COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.
“The decision was made with an abundance of caution due to the team’s recent game schedule, which saw them play at Utah on Feb. 29 and against New York (who played Utah on Mar. 4) on Mar. 10,” the team’s statement said.
“Players, coaches and basketball operations staff who exhibit or develop flu-like symptoms will be tested for COVID-19.”
The NBA season was suspended indefinitely Wednesday night when a Utah Jazz player, reportedly center Rudy Gobert, tested positive for coronavirus. Utah was moments away from tipping off a game in Oklahoma City, but the game was called off, and less than an hour later, the NBA put its season on hold.
Other teams may follow the Wizards’ lead Thursday, as most NBA teams have one or two degrees of separation from the Jazz in recent weeks.
“The Wizards and Monumental Sports & Entertainment will continue to monitor the situation with an emphasis on ensuring the health and safety of our fans, employees and players,” the team’s statement said.
Bradley Beal was among the NBA stars to comment on the sudden chain of events on Wednesday night: