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Adam Silver: NBA season will be suspended for at least 30 days

The NBA season will be suspended for at least 30 days, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Thursday.

"We made this decision to safeguard the health and well-being of fans, players, everyone connected to our game and the general public," Silver said in a letter addressed to NBA fans.

The decision to pause NBA play came after Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by a novel corona virus, just before tip-off of the Thunder's scheduled home game against the Jazz Wednesday. The game was postponed, and Jazz players and staff were tested for COVID-19 before leaving Chesapeake Energy Arena. Utah guard Donovan Mitchell also tested positive.

Fan who purchased tickets for Wednesday's game will be admitted when the game is rescheduled, Silver said. If, however, the game is cancelled or played without fans, ticket holders will receive credit for another game or a refund. The same goes for all postponed games. 

"This remains a complicated and rapidly evolving situation that reminds us that we are all part of a broader society with a responsibility to look after one another," Silver wrote. "That is what the NBA will continue to do, and we are grateful for your understanding and for being the best fans in sports."

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before Game 4 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before Game 4 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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