Hoops, While in Quarantine

Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson following their victory in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. The upcoming docu-series “The Last Dance” goes behind the scenes during their final season together.

Hello everyone! This piece discusses the basketball world from my perspective during quarantine, as well as ways I’ve entertained myself, while on lockdown. Enjoy, and please share it with your friends!


I never thought I’d say this, but I miss college. Surprisingly, given the fact that I don’t really like school.

Anyways, quarantine needs to end.

I kind of miss Oswego.

Despite this lockdown, I’ve managed to find the good and bad of being home. The good being, interacting with family every day, sleeping whenever, and the home-cooked meals I yearned for while at school.

The bad is missing the one sport that’s shaped my entire teenage life: basketball.

Hoops, or the NBA rather, are what I look forward to each day. It’s why I created this blog. Without hoops, it’s forced me to be creative with the content I publish. That’s a positive thing.

Looking at the stats for my blog posts, I’ve noticed that articles directly tied to the NBA gain 75–110 reads. Good, but not great.

In comparison, when I publish a story unrelated to basketball, it typically reaches 150 reads or more.

Despite my love for writing, it’s difficult to publish work that lacks viewership. It’s also repetitive when I write about a topic that’s on five other NBA websites.

The 2020 NBA playoffs were scheduled to begin today, April 18th.

Quarantine has helped me gain a variety with my literature.

That doesn’t mean I won’t write about the NBA, it just means I’ll be doing that less frequently, beginning with this piece.

Despite the attempts to diversify my content, I’ve stayed true to myself as a basketball fiend. Most nights I’m reading basketball autobiographies, listening to podcasts, or watching highlights from recent playoff series (Bobcats-Heat, 2014 1st round is a good one).

While conducting my in-depth basketball research, I often find inspiration. Watching the spectacular plays on video, or reading up about the all-time greats, inspires me to want to be as successful as the men on that hardwood.

Along with my usual activities, I’m looking forward to the upcoming docu-series titled “The Last Dance”, which goes behind the scenes on the 1997–98 Chicago Bulls. As they pursue a sixth NBA championship in eight years, their season is marred with drama and turmoil.

This series is the perfect distraction for me, and others during this life-altering pandemic.

While on the topic of the NBA, the league is doing a good, albeit cringe-worthy, job of keeping fans entertained during the quarantine.

They held the NBA 2K20 tournament, featuring the league’s top players battling each other in the popular video game. Although a great idea, the execution was lackluster. There should’ve been someone moderating the event, as well as players actually talented in NBA 2K20.

They’ve held a HORSE competition, WNBA draft, and other events during this time. Despite that, we still need our sports and our lives back.

As a society, it appears that we’re making out well while on quarantine. Yes, and not to sound unsympathetic, people are dying each day from this virus. But, I try to be optimistic.

Hundreds of celebrities, sports teams, and organizations have donated money and resources to COVID-19 affected areas. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says we’ve surpassed the peak of this virus, as patients are recovering each day. Texas may reopen their state soon.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been a pivotal player during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Unfortunately, quarantine has placed this country in unfamiliar territory. We’re being robbed of the great outdoors, and the chance to create memories in the warm spring weather.

In my case, I’m being robbed of the game I love. The NBA playoffs are supposed to begin today. It’s a shame, given the uncertainty of the NBA season resuming.

However, things could be a lot worse.

For my New Yorkers, May 15th is right around the corner. Remain inside. Stay the course. This pandemic will end soon. Be strong, be healthy, and be safe.

Some tips on how to protect yourself, and others, from the virus.

If you made it to the end, thank you so much for reading. Leave a comment if you enjoyed this piece. And please, share this with your friends!

Blessings,

Andy

*Special shoutout to Rickey, Dabo, Fatima T, Brandon G, and Brian.

Originally posted April 19, 2020 on Medium. Edited May 23, 2020 on WordPress.)

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