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Thunder center Steven Adams did his best to imagine playing an NBA game in an empty arena. As ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday night, that decision could be reached as soon as Thursday due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“It’s kind of like if you’ve been to an abandoned town, right?” Adams said. “How you know that this once was a very lively place, and you expect it to be quite lively, and there’s just no one around. And so you kind of get that eerie kind of feel.” 

Adams turned to a Thunder public relations official. 

“Is the bro still gonna be on the jumbotron?” Adams asked. “The announcer?” 

It was a valid question, and one without a clear answer as the NBA and sports leagues across the country have been forced into uncharted territory. 

COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, was officially classified as a pandemic on Wednesday, the World Health Organization announced. 

There are more than 1,200 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States and two cases in Oklahoma. 

Wojnarowski reported the NBA has discussed taking a hiatus or continuing the season with no fans. The consensus, according to his report, is to play without fans. 

“If they keep music all the same that’s fine,” Adams said. “Halftime shows might be a bit bleak though. Might be a bit dull. 

“Jokes aside, I really don’t mind. In terms of what we’re dealing with, I’d much rather them … put everyone’s health first. This is in the best interest of humans at the moment.” 

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A sign inside an elevator that lists ways to help decrease the risk of exposure and spread of the coronavirus is seen before an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

A sign inside an elevator that lists ways to help decrease the risk of exposure and spread of the coronavirus is seen before an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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