DENVER – Anxiety began to develop in the previous days.
Sports, the world in which I make my living, always finds a way to move forward as a distraction even as reality clobbers us over the head. I thought naively this would be the case. A few days into the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns began to emerge that sports were vulnerable given how the disease was transmitted.
Then, as I sat on my couch watching the Denver Nuggets play the Dallas Mavericks on March 11, the news broke. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who had playfully joked about the novel coronavirus a few days earlier at a press conference, touching microphones and recorders, tested positive. I remember telling my family this was a watershed moment. My explanation was not as eloquent. It was more like: Uh-oh.
What unfolded over the next few hours and days brought sports to its knees. The NBA suspended its season and other professional sports began slowly following suit. What…