March 11th was a dark day for the countless NBA fans around the world. The league announced it would suspend the season following former Defensive Player of the Year, and Utah Jazz Center Rudy Gobert’s positive diagnosis for COVID-19 or more commonly known as the coronavirus. Since then, numerous NBA players have tested positive for the virus including Gobert’s teammate Donovan Mitchell and former league MVP Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets. Some team owners, such as Dallas Mavericks Owner and Shark Tank Billionaire Mark Cuban, have committed to paying the hourly workers who typically only get paid when games get played. Players such as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, and Stephen Curry have also pledged donations to help with relief efforts in their respective communities. With the suspension of the NBA, many players, like many of us at home, are having to deal with boredom. Some players have started to stream themselves playing video games. These players include Pelicans Guard Josh Hart, Kings Guard De’Aaron Fox, and Suns guard Devin Booker. Grizzlies Guard and Rookie of the year frontrunner Ja Morant and Reigning League MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo have both joined the ever-growing app Tik Tok, something that many teens are addicted to. League Commissioner hopes to restart league plays in May, and most players and owners hope to complete this season. If the league is played to completion, meaning that an NBA champion will be crowned after playing an actual playoff series, the league may end up lasting all the way until August. As of now, no decisions have been made, but players, just like the rest of us, are eager for things to get back to normal.
By Tanay Desai