In the last couple of days, the NBA has acted swiftly in response to the coronavirus becoming prevalent in the league. It saw them choose to suspend the rest of the 2019-20 season after Rudy Gobert contracted the virus, which was later revealed that the virus had also infected Donovan Mitchell. That has seen many of the league’s top players come out strongly about the issue on social media since the league made that decisive move. With all that in mind, Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has aired out what he plans to do during this increased concern over the coronavirus.
NBA’s reaction to coronavirus
The last few weeks have seen there be a growing concern over the virus, given how many people it has invected across the world, and it has now reached the United States.
That hit home for the league with Gobert and Mitchell being diagnosed with the virus on Wednesday. That put immediate pressure on the NBA to suspend the rest of the season with the health of the players, coaches, staff, and fans being the top priority.
It’s a move that the league has never done, but there hasn’t been a situation like this during the NBA’s existence. There is a great deal of concern over handling the entire matter appropriately.
The NBA has no timeline for when they will resume playing this season or if at all, which has put a more significant damper on everything. In response to that, there have been several notable players to voice their opinions on social media with the latest being Giannis Anteokounmpo.
Giannis Antetokoumpo’s response
It has been a wide range of emotions from the players, with many of them voicing their utter surprise to the entire situation.
That has also seen several prominent faces in the league use their social media platforms to bring more seriousness and awareness to the matter. Antetokounmpo is among those stating on Thursday morning that these issues are more significant than the game of basketball with personal health coming first.
There still isn’t clarity on how this virus can be cured, but it’s something that strong hygiene could go a long way in helping prevent. Antetokounmpo is spreading the word with what many have stated with keeping one’s surroundings clean and making sure to do little things such as washing your hands.
With players like Antetokounmpo coming out to speak on the matter shows how important properly handling this situation.
What lies ahead of the NBA dealing with the coronavirus
The NBA has moved into foreign territory with this situation that has now become a labeled a pandemic.
There is no clarity yet on how long it will take for how long it will take to get the virus under control. It’s something that the league is moving towards operating by what is deemed the best route possible.
A meeting with the NBA owners on Thursday made it clear that they will go through a 30-day shutdown then re-assess the entire matter at that moment. There is also the suggestion for every player to be tested for the virus in the meantime.
The biggest takeaway is that there is a more significant concern about the overall well-being of everyone involved. It has seen a ripple effect through other sports with the MLB choosing to cancel the remaining spring training and at least the first two weeks of the regular season.
The NHL and MLS have also suspended their seasons. Meanwhile, the NCAA has decided to cancel the men’s and women’s tournaments along with all sporting events for spring and winter. It may just be the tip of the iceberg to what’s to come, but for now, the focus lies with getting this situation handled appropriately; however much longer it takes.