Pelicans-Kings game postponed as NBA suspends season

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Pelicans tipoff GrizzliesWednesday night’s game between the Pelicans and the Kings in Sacramento, California, was postponed barely an hour after the NBA announced it was suspending game play in the 2019-20 season until further notice.

An NBA player, reportedly the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier Wednesday. The Jazz’s game with the Oklahoma City Thunder was postponed just before tipoff when the positive test became known. His All-Star teammate Donovan Mitchell alson tested positive.

It was not clear the specific reason for the Pelicans-Kings postponement, but one of the officials assigned to Wednesday’s game, Courtney Kirkland, worked the Jazz’s game against the Toronto Raptors Monday.

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


March 12, 2020

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Pelicans released the following statement regarding the NBA’s decision to suspend the season:

Last night, the NBA postponed our game against the Sacramento Kings out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of fans, players, coaches and staff. We fully support the NBA’s decision to suspend the season until further notice. The health and well-being of fans, players, coaches and staff will always be our organization’s top priority.

In addition to the constant communication we are having with the NBA, our team’s medical experts are fully engaged in conversations with local, state and federal health officials to ensure we are taking the necessary steps regarding COVID-19.

Under the guidance of our medical experts, all team employees are being advised on the appropriate measures that should be taken if they feel ill and experience symptoms, which includes seeking immediate medical attention.

As we continue to gather information and closely monitor the evolving situation, we will provide updates to our fans, ticketholders and team partners as they become available.

We extend our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by the public health pandemic, and thank our Pelicans family for their continued patience, support and understanding.

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Lenny Vangilder


Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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