Coronavirus: Champions in limbo as ANBL cancels finals series

The final two games of the NBL's Grand Final series have been cancelled, with the league still to confirm if winners will be crowned.

Defending champions Perth lead the best-of-five series 2-1 over minor premiers Sydney before the scheduled game four in Perth on Friday, with the two most recent games played in empty stadiums, due to the threat of coronavirus.

But on Tuesday, the NBL announced the cancellation of remaining games, after the Kings expressed their reluctance to continue the series and fly to Perth, as planned, on Wednesday.

"We respect the decision in what are extraordinary times for everyone," NBL owner Larry Kestelman said. "We are understanding of not just the players' health and well-being, but also their desire to be with their families, especially given so many of them have family overseas. 

"Having consulted with the Australian Basketball Players' Association, we have decided the remaining games shall not be played.

"With Perth leading the best of five game series 2-1, we will now consider a decision on the outcome of the championship over the next 48 hours."

Sydney became the first team to lead the competition from the first to last regular-season round, but Perth have had the answers in the Grand Final series and returned home with a chance to seal another championship on Friday.

This bizarre conclusion followed arguably the league's most successful season, thanks to the performances of NBA hopefuls LaMelo Ball, RJ Hampton and Didi Louzada ensuring record crowds both in stadiums and online.

"This has been an incredible season for the NBL and one of the best in our 41-year history, with record attendances and world-class basketball," Kestelman said.

"We wish everyone around Australia and around the world all the very best, and to stay safe during these challenging times."