The National Basketball Association is suspending the season after a player tested positive for the new coronavirus, a sobering preview of what potentially could be severe disruptions in sports and entertainment as America struggles to address the coronavirus threat.

The NBA's move is the most drastic step taken by a professional sports league amid fears of a national COVID-19 outbreak. Two games Wednesday night were postponed; There is no word on when play might resume.

"The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic," the league said in a statement.

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It was reported that had tested positive for COVID-19, making him the first professional sports player in America to have a public positive test. The NBA did not identify Gobert, but said the "affected player" was not in the arena.

The Jazz said in a statement a preliminary positive test for the player came back right before the game was set to start.

"It's crazy," Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said on ESPN moments after learning of the news. "It can't be true."

The NBA had initially planned to play the rest of the season without fans beginning Thursday.

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The National Hockey League and Major League Baseball suspended operations Thursday.