Summary of “How a few tense hours changed everything”

Warriors players felt it was important to play music in the empty arena to maintain some semblance of atmosphere, after a bad experience at a music-and-sound-free game against the New York Knicks in 2017.
Playing NBA games with no fans was a staggering idea with wide-ranging consequences across the sports world, where other leagues were wrestling with the same questions.
UNBEKNOWNST TO 29 other teams, the Utah Jazz had contacted local health officials in Oklahoma City on Wednesday morning to request assistance with a player – later identified as center Rudy Gobert – who was showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
The rest of the league was still getting its head around the prospect of playing games without fans starting on Thursday.
Ball boys chased down long rebounds and fed passes to players warming up on both teams.
The five teams that had played the Jazz over the past 10 days – the Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors – were also told to self-isolate.
No players from those teams have reported symptoms or tested positive for the coronavirus.
“It’s remarkable to be here talking to you guys tonight about this hiatus,” Silver said on TNT late Thursday, evening, 24 hours and seemingly a lifetime after making the decision to suspend the season, “When it was only yesterday that the NCAA made the decision to play without fans – which seemed unprecedented – and was a historic decision.”

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