7:24 PM PT — Rudy Gobert — who has tested positive for the Coronavirus — was NEVER at the arena Tuesday night, according to ESPN’s Royce Young. Both teams are reportedly quarantined in the locker-rooms being tested for COVID-19.
The OKC Thunder vs. Utah Jazz game has been officially postponed after the match-up was allegedly delayed over Rudy Gobert’s illness … and the scene is straight-up bizarre.
The players were seconds from tip-off at Chesapeake Energy Arena in OKC on Wednesday … when the refs quickly sent everyone back to their locker-rooms.
The fans were left waiting for an explanation for the delay — the Thunder broadcast claimed it was due to Gobert’s health status and the officials were waiting for the go-ahead to play.
But, that didn’t happen … as the PA announcer officially told the fans to head home “due to unforeseen circumstances” … adding “we are all safe.”
The fans were audibly upset … booing at the announcement.
The NBA has been working like crazy to keep its players safe during the Coronavirus scare … even banning the media from the locker-rooms and creating barriers for practice interviews.
It’s worth noting — Gobert (who was listed as questionable due to illness for Wednesday’s game) completely disregarded the league’s set-up and touched every reporter’s recorders at practice just 2 days ago.
Originally Published — 6:03 PM PT