Multiple articles from Sac Bee regarding coronavirus & the NBA/Golden1Center

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The Sacramento Bee

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Then the Golden State Warriors were going to play to an empty arena in San Francisco on Thursday. Then the NBA was going to suspend its season after the Kings and New Orleans Pelicans finished their game at Golden 1 Center on ESPN Wednesday night. Then an NBA player tested positive for COVID-19.

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Golden 1 Center has postponed two concerts that were set for March, the first musical events at the arena to be rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping through California. The venue in an emailed statement Thursday afternoon announced that the V101 Heart of Hip-Hop event, scheduled for March 28, will be rescheduled to a date yet to be determined, “in accordance with the California Department of Public Health’s updated policy to limit large gatherings to protect public health and slo...

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We will continue to stay in contact with the league, local, state and federal health authorities and medical experts as we closely monitor this public health crisis. During this period of increased focus on public health because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we ask that everyone continue to practice healthy habits as outlined by the CDC. We are incredibly grateful for the support of our fans and community as we face this unprecedented situation together.

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Note: The Sacramento Bee and McClatchy news sites have lifted the paywall on this developing story, providing critical information to readers. To support vital reporting such as this, please consider a digital subscription. There will no March Madness in Sacramento this year — or anywhere else, for that matter.

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CIF state basketball title games canceled The California Interscholastic Federation in a statement shortly after 9 a.m. announced boys and girls high school basketball championships have been canceled due to health concerns regarding the coronavirus. Except for the boys’ Open Division title game for Northern California, which had been scheduled to be played at 7 p.m.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is postponing games for a minimum of 30 days after two players contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus. League sources told Yahoo Sports that decision was made during a conference call that included Silver and NBA owners Thursday afternoon. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported owners are encouraging Silver to reevaluate the league’s suspension in 30 days.

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The decision will likely have a significant impact on downtown Sacramento, an urban core that has gone through a period of growth and revitalization since Golden 1 Center opened. The arena contributes tens of millions of dollars into the downtown economy each year. The blocks around the facility have come to life since 2016; once vacant lots now have condo buildings, trendy restaurants and boutiques.

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Los Angeles Lakers (49-14) Previous ranking: 2 LeBron James strengthened his MVP candidacy while leading the Lakers to 11 wins in their last 13 games before the NBA season was suspended Wednesday, including consecutive victories over the 76ers, Bucks and Clippers. Milwaukee Bucks (53-12) Previous ranking: 1 The Bucks have lost three in a row and four of their last five. Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo missed the last two games with a knee injury.

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Upon Bazemore’s arrival, the Kings started their best streak of the season. Sacramento won thirteen of their next 20 games, including 6 of 9 since Len joined the rotation. Len has accumulated 1.4 blocks per game while shooting 61.9 percent from the field.

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The Philadelphia 76ers announced Thursday that three members of their organization have tested positive for the coronavirus less than two weeks after returning from a California road trip that included a stop in Sacramento. The 76ers played the Detroit Pistons on March 11 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on March 7, the day the NBA announced it was suspending its season. Three days later, Pistons center Christian Wood tested positive for coronavirus.

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The Kings are broadening their efforts to assist team and Golden 1 Center employees through the financial uncertainty associated with the coronavirus outbreak. Many employees have been out of work since sporting events and concerts were canceled or postponed in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Kings and their partners announced Thursday they are going a step further than previously stated to help workers during the coronavirus shutdown.

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The Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday that two of their players have tested positive for the coronavirus, the first known cases involving NBA players in California. The Lakers said team physicians and public health officials recommended testing because they recently played the Brooklyn Nets, who reported four coronavirus cases Tuesday. One of the Brooklyn players who tested positive was former MVP Kevin Durant.

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