The NBA has talked to leading health officials as concerns about the coronavirus continue to grow, according to Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press. With a month and a half left in the regular season, there are no plans to alter the schedule, but league officials are working with the Centers for Disease Control and are keeping a close watch on the situation.
“The health and safety of our employees, teams, players and fans is paramount,” the NBA said in a statement released Saturday. “We are coordinating with our teams and consulting with the CDC and infectious disease specialists on the coronavirus and continue to monitor the situation closely.”
As the disease spreads across the globe, more than 85,000 people have been affected, with 2,900 reported deaths. There have been 62 cases in the United States, which reported its first fatality from the disease yesterday.
Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum tweeted last night that he will stop signing autographs until the virus is under control.
“The Corona Virus has officially hit Oregon,” he wrote. “More specifically Lake Oswego…Make sure y’all washing y’all hands with soap for 20 or more seconds & covering ya mouths when you cough. I am officially taking a break from signing autographs until further notice.”
Internationally, the impact of the virus on the game is leading to extreme measures:
- In China, where the virus originated, the CBA has suspended play and there has been no word on whether the season will resume.
- Tuesday’s scheduled EuroLeague game between Olimipia Milano and Real Madrid will be played in a closed setting with no fans or media permitted to attend, tweets Emiliano Carchia of Sportando. Similar measures will also be taken for this week’s contest between Asvel and Valencia (Twitter link) and a EuroCup game between Brescia and Venezia (Twitter link).
- Turkey has suspended all flights to Italy, which has 1,128 reported cases of the virus. An important EuroCup clash set for Wednesday in Istanbul between Virtus Bologna and Darussafaka is now in jeopardy (Twitter link).
39 thoughts on “NBA Issues Statement On Coronavirus”
When I saw the headline I thought it was some new European phenom entering the next draft
What does the NBA and the new virus have in common?– harsh evolution.
The contagion Is much bigger.
Italy makes a lot of tests, other states like US or France don’t.
All italian deaths but one had other very big diseases
If that was the case then Italy would close down trains, planes, etc. They haven’t. It’s bs.
“All italian deaths but one had other very big diseases”
Exactly. This is why the numbers aren’t real. They might have contracted a flu but it was their prior live threatening illness that paved the way for their deaths. The flu was the final nail. Statistics are easy to fake.
This was the HoopsR take on Maz’s post?– Missing entirely the main point plus secondary points. HoopsR is not nearly as smart as he thinks he is. To begin with he thinks a readership should be deceived in order to better control them. His claim of human concern is a sickness in itself as he is aware of the stock market fall and probably Fox News, which has an agenda of it’s own.
Anyway. Any large population will have old people with health problems. Their deaths count too and the cause should be identified and fought if possible, even if it’s a partial reason, and especially if it’s a contagious virus. This should not have to be said but here we are. The secondary points of Maz’s posts are that the virus is weak and infects the weak, but it does travel.
But critically, that the virus is more widespread than suspected!! People don’t know its depth due to testing deficiencies in places other than Italy!! Don’t be blind to this point because a pet theory overlooks it.
We are not doomed if HoopsR is wrong because people can fix this invasion– witness the previous scares that are only scares. People informed can, say, stay home if they have a cold, or wash hands, or convince a friend to report, or pressure a congressman to pull his head out of his butt.
Yes that was my take, so what? You literally think the world gets saved every year with every virus. That’s infinitely more unbelievable than using mass media as a economic weapon. You’re in level one bro.
Where do you get “saved with every virus”? Not even the point. Drug use.
That was your pointless platitude.
the cause should be identified and fought if possible, even if it’s a partial reason, and especially if it’s a contagious virus.
It makes you sound nice but it holds no basis in reality. They can’t even solve a quarter of crimes committed in this country and you want me to believe they have this capability. I’m just not that brain dead.
I didn’t miss any points, I don’t agree with them and have my own. Do I have to agree with them to have not “missed” the point. Your rhetoric is weak.
Your point is that the coronavirus is a lie. Don’t worry, the problem will be addressed without any of your agreement. Sleep well & comfy.
Yes it is and I haven’t heard one retort that survived me poking holes in to it. If I can do that, then imagine what a smart person would find.
All we have seen is the aftermath of rumour and speculation.
I was never worried, but I can see you’re stressing out lmfao
There is no problem, but go ahead and keep drinking your corn syrup and watching the news…
Oh I was always going to. Benefits of not being so neurotic to the point of self quarantine. Lmfao
I sincerely hope you sleep well but something tells me you will because you know it’s not real. If it was real then you’d be reacting accordingly. You’re not. That tells me enough.
I would agree that I’m not that smart, but head and shoulders above most of the population, which isn’t saying much nowadays. I mean look at your rhetoric, I’m slicing and dicing through it like heavy calvary over skirmishing troops. All you’re using is an attempt at establishing the narrative with the audience, which is easily broken once you point out how much posturing you’re doing.
Yes look at all your swishing about.
“To begin with he thinks a readership should be deceived in order to better control them.”
Wow dude you better take this nonsense back. How low do you have to get to talk for people and lie? Disgusting dude wtf?
“Don’t be blind to this point”
You sound like a cult leader…
Giving up on your lie yet? Cancelled basketball games get through?
Cancelled until April or March I believe, which is about as much time they gave Ebola, swine flu, bird flu, etc. Same old song and dance. Like I said, they will resume after the “crisis” is handled.
I read that same report.
“His claim of human concern is a sickness in itself”
Another lie. This is looking really bad for you dude. Washing your hands isn’t a sickness or is being wary of their health. Using a straw man? Where’s your honor?
You piss me off like most cover-up jockeys.
The fact that you have emotion invested into this should tell you and everyone that you have blinders on. This shouldn’t be getting you pissed. Someone having an opposing view shouldn’t get you pissed. What’s wrong with you? This isn’t normal behavior. I’m not pissed that you’re spreading fear and stress, which is infinitely worse than what I’m doing, which is telling people to relax and not kill yourself before the “virus” gets a crack at it. But you’re pissed at that?! There’s something really wrong with that.
“probably Fox News, which has an agenda of it’s own.”
Projection. I don’t watch tv and haven’t for a decade, and I know they have an agenda, which is why I don’t watch, but you do watch NBC and BBC, which are actually 100 times worse. If fox is the flu, then NBC is cancer.
You get what you pay for, and the BBC requires fees. For what.
“Any large population will have old people with health problems”
Duh…and those people get used to advocate for more funding. It’s like you don’t know the world revolves around money. It’s like you take everything at face value, a very superficial mindset.
Death is pretty final.
“Their deaths count too and the cause should be identified and fought if possible, even if it’s a partial reason, and especially if it’s a contagious virus.”
This sounds noble and logical until you inject reality into it. There’s no practical way to do that, even if we had star trek tech. You’re just speaking empty platitudes that sound good because you care what people think of you over truth and reality, which is normal nowadays.
So they don’t count? What, they’re going to die anyway of something else? Here’s a clue: viruses need living hosts to spread into. This virus is finding a whole new world of humans with clueless immune systems to mutate further into. Don’t fear, somebody will tackle it.
At least you asked this time instead of putting word in my mouth. Already improving.
Anyways, yes they count but their count is only indicative of them being old and fragile, not that the world is going to end…
“This should not have to be said but here we are.” It almost sounds like it was unsolicited? Hmmm. Hypocrites aleays reveal themselves.
It has to be said to you. I would prefer not to bother.
As if I don’t already know and have knowingly rejected it because I’m a grown ass man able to make his own opinions..it’s as if I’m human and not some robot that you just download information into.
Don’t bother because you’re speaking to no one, dude.
All this shows is your inability to handle an opposing view point, nothing more.
“virus is weak and infects the weak, but it does travel.”
Yeah, just like the common cold…this is getting ridiculous. Since the common cold kills more people in just the same way every year, where is your panic for the common cold? It’s beyond insane.
Right, so sleep well.
I just did…I’m an early riser.
“But critically, that the virus is more widespread than suspected!!”
Because known liars told you? Come on grow up, these are ghost stories meant to make you buy lysol and surgical masks.
You sound hilarious actually. Most of the world probably couldn’t care less since they have actual problems.
Maz’s point, which you are unable to process.
Or just don’t agree. There’s nothing worse than a person that can only think one layer deep telling another person anything at all. Ugh.
Nothing will come of this just like the myriad of other “pandemics” that never materialized.
I’m not sure why having an opposing view point on this issue gets deleted. If I’m wrong then there’s nothing you can do anyways. Why keep people in fear HoopsRumors?
It has already materialized and is going to get worse.
With that being said, if you’re healthy and under the age of, say, 50, there’s very little chance of you falling seriously ill/dying. In that sense, the hype surrounding the virus is overstated…for now. If hospitals around the world become as overwhelmed as they have been in parts of China, that may change things to some degree.
Personally, I’m more concerned about potentially spreading the virus to others than I am about contracting it myself. If I do eventually get it, I’m not going to blink an eyelash.