Published on March 13th, 2020 | by Lydia Brooks0
Hip-Hop Communities React To The Upsetting NBA Season Postponement
“Goodbye basketball!!! Stop telling people other viruses and diseases was way worse!!! Nothing has done this! Ebola, SARS, Aids, etc…” This is what DJ Paul wrote on his Instagram account about the upsetting NBA season postponement due to the spread of COVID-19.
Communities across the Earth are going on to launch safety measures in order to corral the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. The viral outbreak has been rapidly progressing across the United States and state governments have responded by implementing protocols as well as bringing forth legislature to deal with the pandemic.
While there are a lot of annual conventions, music events, and other mass gatherings are postponed or canceled as precautionary measures to face up with COVID-19, there was also a lot of speculation on how the NBA would answer the outbreak. Initially, the league was getting to continue carrying on with games as scheduled sans fan attendance, although the coronavirus has spread to quite 40 states, per an ABC News tracker.
However, the league was rocked after Rudy Gobert, a Utah Jazz player, tested positive for COVID-19, according to CBS Sports. On Wednesday (Mar. 11), the NBA issued a politician statement that the league is suspending games for the rest of the season “until further notice” after another Utah Jazz player, Donovan Mitchell, tested positive for the virus also, consistent with CBS Sports. So far, Gobert and Mitchell are the sole two active basketball players to possess contracted the virus.
The proposed plan of the NBA is just one of some possibilities, including suspending game operations for a period of time, eliminating media from locker rooms, or moving fans from buildings for games.
In such a situation, the hip-hop community has close ties to some of these within the basketball world, and is offering their thoughts on things.