Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder spoke publicly for the first time on Thursday, releasing a statement that thanks the Utah community for its support and asks others to listen to the advice of Utah doctors during the coronavirus scare.
“The response from people in our community towards our players and staff over the last week has been truly inspiring and amazing,” Snyder said. “On behalf of our entire team, I just wanted to convey deep gratitude for such support and concern.”
“We are not surprised by the response, as it just reiterates what we know, appreciate and embrace about this great community. But during extraordinary times like this it is certainly reassuring and profound," Snyder said. "Team has always been our identity, and that extends to all within the state of Utah. We will navigate these uncharted waters together.”
Last Wednesday, Jazz All-Star center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, a result received moments before tip-off of a game in Oklahoma City. The positive test resulted in the suspension of the NBA season just minutes later. That night, 58 other members of the Jazz’s traveling party received coronavirus tests, which led to one additional positive test from star guard Donovan Mitchell.
Since then, Detroit Pistons center Christian Wood tested positive, as did four members of the Brooklyn Nets — including former NBA MVP Kevin Durant.
After the suspension of the season, the Jazz flew home and received a briefing from Utah Department of Health state epidemiologist Angela Dunn about how to proceed. All members of the traveling party who had extended contact with Gobert or Mitchell were asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
“The caring and selfless approach of the experts in the Utah medical community was tremendous the first few days in our experience, and they are providing invaluable leadership right now,” Snyder said. “Please make sure you all continue to follow their advice, and that of state and public officials, and keep your families safe.”
The NBA remains on indefinite hiatus. On Friday, the NBA will close all team training facilities to players and staff, according to a Thursday report from The Athletic.