The notification on my phone came through like it always does.
Kings vs. Nets
Golden 1 Center, 500 David J Stern Walk, Sacramento
It was 6 p.m. PT on Sunday. I would normally be three hours or more into my work day by that time, but thankful for the earlier start because I would get home just before midnight.
My 16-year-old ran down the stairs and boldly proclaimed, «Kings game is starting!»
He’s sarcastic, like his dad. I will likely get this same exact reaction 16 more times as we get calendar notifications on our phones for games that will not be played, at least not on their scheduled date, after the NBA suspended its season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Both of my sons are out of school until April 13, at a minimum. They’ll likely get independent studies, but their schools aren’t set up for anything like this yet and we are only at the beginning of what will be a long few weeks and months.
Having a moment to reflect after stocking up on supplies, planning home projects and quarantining vulnerable family members, this seems like a moment to put fingers to keys.
We are entering a new normal in the world. We have no idea what the coming moments will bring, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
There is little choice but to go into lockdown mode, educate ourselves about what we are currently facing and try to be good human beings.
As of now, we know that NBA players Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and Christian Wood have tested positive for the Coronavirus. Celebrities like Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Idris Elba, among others, have also tested positive for COVID-19.
The coronavirus isn’t discriminating in who it attaches itself to.
The Kings confirmed Friday that none of their players were showing symptoms of the virus, but the team has not been tested due to a lack of available tests in Sacramento county, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
The county announced a second death on Monday, along with 33 confirmed cases. It should be noted that, as of late last week, the county had very few tests per day to work with.
Having a basketball team filled with healthy 20-something-year-olds tested isn’t the proper use of resources when there are exposed hospital workers and critically ill patients. Testing the team and its staff would take two-to-three days’ worth of the community tests, which isn’t something the Kings were willing to do.
Richaun Holmes and De’Aaron Fox have both turned to social media to thank Sacramento fans and to send along well wishes. That is exactly what people need at this point.
The league is on hiatus for what looks like at least three months. Players are not allowed to practice in groups, but they are now cleared to return to their homes around the country as long as their teams and the league know where they are.
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We are living in unprecedented times, but we are in this together. Welcome to our new reality.
Kings, NBA facing unprecedented reality during coronavirus shutdown originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area