2019-20 NBA Season Updates | March 13-20 Archive

News, reactions and more from the NBA community

From NBA.com Staff

Mar 20, 2020 11:59 PM ET

The NBA has temporarily suspended the 2019-20 season in response to the coronavirus pandemic. That decision was made to safeguard the health and well-being of NBA fans, players, team and arena personnel, media members and the general public. Below is a compilation of the official news and reaction from the NBA community, dating March 13-20.

For the latest news, view  2019-20 Season Updates.

NBA Updates
Coronavirus Information for NBA Fans
NBA Family Launches NBA Together
A Letter to NBA Fans | Adam Silver
NBA suspends 2019-20 season
Adam Silver: Complete interview on season hiatus and what led to suspension
• Players on healthy habits: Rudy Gobert | Donovan Mitchell | Candice Dupree | Khris Middleton | Gary Payton | Courtney WilliamsMarcus SmartKevin Love | Paul GasolTrae Young | Luka Doncic & Dwight PowellDamian Lillard | Jaren Jackson Jr. | Al HorfordJamal MurrayJayson TatumVictor Oladipo | Zach LaVine | Tacko Fall

• An Update on the NBA Store and NBA Experience at Disney Springs

To Our Global Fans: We are working very closely with the appropriate government and health-related authorities to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Based on the current situation in the U.S., and in an abundance of caution to ensure the utmost safety of our employees and customers, the NBA Store in New York will be closed for the time being. Our nbastore.com site remains open to serve our valued customers and fans. Additionally, NBA Experience at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World is currently closed. Please continue to check DisneySprings.com for updates.


March 20

Al Horford encourages those who can to work from home

 
Al Horford hopes people can stay as isolated as possible.

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Cuban, Doncic, Powell donate $500K to healthcare workers

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that proprietor Mark Cuban, guard Luka Dončić and center Dwight Powell have teamed up with the Dallas Mavericks Foundation to donate $500,000 to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Hospital. Funds will be allocated to support childcare for healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response effort during this unprecedented time.

“We can’t thank our healthcare workers enough for putting their patients’ well-being before their own,” said Cuban. “I am thankful to Luka and Dwight as we partner up to support healthcare workers who are doing everything they can to keep our community healthy.”

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March 19

Blazers commit more than $1.4M towards COVID-19 relief efforts

To assist game night employees impacted by the NBA’s postponement, Jody Allen and the Portland Trail Blazers are committing more than $1.4M towards COVID-19 relief efforts. This includes paying part-time Rose Quarter employees for 9 postponed Trail Blazers games.

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2 Los Angeles Lakers players test positive for COVID-19

Following four Brooklyn Nets players testing positive for COVID-19, because Los Angeles Lakers’ players were exposed to them during our game against the Nets on March 10, our team physicians and public health officials recommended coronavirus testing for the players. 

We learned Thursday that two Lakers players have tested positive. Both players are currently asymptomatic, in quarantine and under the care of the team’s physician. 

All players and members of the Lakers staff are being asked to continue to observe self-quarantine and shelter-at-home guidelines, closely monitor their health, consult with their personal physicians and maintain constant communication with the team.

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Boston Celtics player tests positive for COVID-19

The Boston Celtics learned Thursday that a player has tested positive for COVID-19. Testing was initiated because of exposure to a known positive case. 

The Celtics player, who is not exhibiting symptoms, has been in isolation for several days and will continue to do so while being monitored by team medical staff. The team is awaiting further testing results and will communicate them as appropriate.

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Several members of 76ers test positive for COVID-19

The Philadelphia 76ers, in consultation with medical experts and the NBA, received the recommendation that certain individuals from the organization, including players, coaches and specific basketball operations support staff, be tested for COVID-19. The tests were secured and processed privately.

Three individuals have received positive test results for COVID-19. All other tests results are currently negative. We have reported this information to state and local health authorities as required.

Pursuant to CDC guidelines, the individuals are in self-isolation and will be monitored closely by medical professionals.

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Devin Booker tips off Twitch fundraising campaign with $100K donation

Devin Booker, in partnership with Phoenix Suns Charities, will raise money through livestreaming on Twitch to support non-profits that best serve the needs of the most vulnerable in the community. An avid gamer and NBA All-Star, Booker pledged $100,000 to tip off the giving campaign on Twitch and Phoenix Suns Charities will match that initial donation.

As the enormous impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve, Booker and the Phoenix Suns Charities Board of Directors will continue to coordinate with public health experts, local officials and other community partners to determine where support is needed most. 

“With countless people around the globe turning to streaming to get their mind off things, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to bring people together, raise awareness and help those in need at the same time,” said Booker. “These are trying times that transcend basketball and I would like to call on everyone to be good teammates as we deal with this challenge together.”  

Additional donations can be made through Devin’s Twitch Channel:Twitch.tv/DBook

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Member of Nuggets tests positive for COVID-19

On Thursday, March 19th, a member of the Denver Nuggets organization tested positive for COVID-19. The person, who was tested after experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 on March 16th, is currently under the care of team medical staff and in self-isolation. The testing was undertaken following guidance from state public health officials and team physicians.

The health and safety of our players, our organization, those throughout our league, and all those potentially impacted by this situation is paramount.

The Nuggets will continue to work in coordination with team physicians, public health officials and infectious disease experts, while focusing on the health and safety of everyone in our community.

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March 18

Silver: NBA considering many ideas if play can resume
In a wide-ranging ESPN interview, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is considering an idea where some players would be quarantined or isolated for purposes of being able to compete against one another and provide basketball fans with some sort of diversion from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Love: Time for players to 'be more than just athletes'
Kevin Love joined the "Today Show" on Wednesday to discuss the importance of giving back and reaching out during these uncertain times. The 5-time All-Star was one of the first players to pledge a donation to go towards part-time arena employees who will be affected by the stoppage in play.

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Thunder players, staff test negative
The Oklahoma City Thunder announced on Wednesday that the team consulted with infectious disease experts to determine which Thunder players and staff required COVID-19 testing based on their exposure to the virus at the game on March 11. All results from the testing came back negative. 

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March 17

Durant among 4 Nets players to test positive
Four Brooklyn Nets players, including Kevin Durant, have tested positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the total to seven known players in the NBA.

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Timberwolves create $1 million fund
The Minnesota Timberwolves organization, led by Glen Taylor, announced the donation of $1 million to create a relief fund for part-time gameday staff at Target Center. The fund will provide financial assistance to hundreds of part-time employees affected by the loss of games.

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Kevin Love shares his thoughts

 
Cavaliers star Kevin Love reminds everyone to practice empathy and compassion.

March 16

Magic Johnson sends message to NBA fans

 
NBA legend Magic Johnson encourages fans to stay safe and practice healthy habits.

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Jazz's Mitchell says he's asymptomatic
In the days since he tested positive for the new coronavirus, Utah Jazz All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell says he has not experience any symptoms of the pandemic. 

Mitchell did his first public interview since he tested positive for coronavirus on March 12, speaking to ABC's Robyn Roberts during the March 16 edition of "Good Morning America." In that interview, Mitchell repeatedly said he showed no symptoms or signs of the virus and has been in quarantine ever since being diagnosed.

"The biggest thing for me is just to stay in isolation and just keep to myself," Mitchell said. "I have no symptoms, which is a unique situation."

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DeVos Family donates $2 million to hourly workers
The owners of the Orlando Magic announced the establishment of a $2-million fund to help compensate the hourly workers affected by the loss of games in Orlando. 

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Pelicans owner creates $1 million fund for New Orleans
Gayle Benson donated $1 million on Monday to create the Gayle Benson Community Assistance Fund, which will help affected workers in the New Orleans area. In addition to this donation, an Arena Assistance Fund has been created to provide relief to game-night employees.

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March 15

Rudy Gobert 'feeling better every day'

 
Jazz center Rudy Gobert provided an update on his health on Sunday.

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NBA family finding ways to fill the hours while social distancing
The NBA is wrapping its first weekend after Wednesday's unexpected suspension, and players have been finding all kinds of ways to fill the hours. 

Standout rookie Zion Williamson is among those taking advantage of a chance to snag family time, including reading with his younger brother:

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Karl-Anthony Towns donates $100,000 to Mayo Clinic
Timberwolves Center Karl-Anthony Towns announced Sunday he will be donating $100,000 to Mayo Clinic, which has begun rolling out a test to detect the virus that causes COVID-19.

“Our team has been working around the clock for the past month to develop a test for COVID-19,” says Dr. William Morice II, chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic. “We are blown away by Karl’s gesture to help us fast-track offering testing to more patients across Minnesota and the nation.”

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Gobert donates $500,000 to part-time employees, COVID-19-related services in U.S., France
The Utah Jazz announced Saturday that Rudy Gobert is donating more than $500,000 to support both the employee relief fund at Vivint Smart Home Arena and COVID-related social services relief in Utah, Oklahoma City and within the French health care system.

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March 14

Curry family donates to food bank
Stephen Curry announced on Saturday that his Eat.Learn.Play foundation is donating to the Alameda Food Bank to help over 18,000 students who rely on school meals each day.

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Reports: Pistons' Wood tests positive
Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood has reportedly tested positive for the virus, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The Pistons confirmed that a player had tested positive, but did not name the player. Wood has yet to comment on the report.

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March 13

Raptors travel party tests negative
The Toronto Raptors announced on Friday that their entire travel party had tested negative for the coronavirus. The Raptors were tested on Wednesday after returning from a road trip, which included matchup against the Jazz.


For the latest news, view  2019-20 Season Updates.


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