Just one week ago, the NBA suspended its season, thrusting the sporting world into a series of postponements and cancellations across various sports.
Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for the virus circulating around the country, but he wasn’t the last. Four members of the Brooklyn Nets, including NBA star Kevin Durant, all tested positive for the virus as well.
As a result of the positive tests, the NBA decided to announce travel restrictions for players around the league. According to the latest reports from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, players can not travel outside of North America.
“NBA has informed teams that players are allowed to travel out of market, but preference remains that players stay in cities they play,” Woj reported. “As expected, teams facilities will close down to players and staff starting tomorrow.”
Here’s the report from Woj.
Players will not be allowed to travel outside of North America, league tells teams in a memo. https://t.co/6xLWddo2LC
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 19, 2020
NBA commissioner Adam Silver took immediate precautions by suspending league play.
It’s not surprising to see the league take another strong stance, banning players to travel outside of North America.
Wojnarowski reported earlier this week that NBA owners are optimistic the league can resume play this summer. However, it’s unclear what the season will look like at that point.