Jazz star Donovan Mitchell is 2nd NBA player to test positive for coronavirus: report

The NBA suspended its season a day ago after one of Mitchell’s teammates tested positive for the virus.

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Less than 24 hours after the NBA officially suspended its season, another member of the Utah Jazz has tested positive for the coronavirus. Donovan Mitchell, the team’s star guard, tested positive Thursday after Rudy Gobert became the league’s first confirmed case the night before, ESPN reports.

The NBA has been scrambling since Wednesday night after Gobert tested positive for the virus. The Jazz big man “had been careless in the locker room touching other players and their belongings,” according to ESPN, which seemingly spread the virus to teammates including Mitchell.

The Jazz have played several games in recent days, including a road game against the Pistons last Saturday and a home game against the Raptors on Monday night. They were set to play the Thunder on Wednesday night in Salt Lake City, but the game was promptly postponed soon before tipoff once word spread that Gobert had tested positive for coronavirus.

On Thursday morning, MLS joined the NBA in suspending its season to keep the public safe. The NHL and MLB have not made official decisions yet, although it’s becoming increasingly clear sports leagues won’t be able to stage games while authorities enact social distancing measures.

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