For weeks, the novel coronavirus has ravaged through the world, causing a global pandemic.
The virus has caused most of the world to shut down and led to calls for social distancing. It forced the NBA to suspend its season. As a result, those who cover the game have been forced to work from home.
Here is how I've coped with this unusual time:
For my fellow millennials, this life is relatable. Before covering hoops, I was a frequent gamer, but mostly to create my own player, put all of his attributes to 99 and play in franchise mode. These days, with social distancing measures in place, the PlayStation 4 is one of the few ways to interact with the rest of the world.
On my first day under quarantine, I tried out Call of Duty: Warzone and I was so comically bad that I turned the system off and considered getting a refund. Next, I got back to my alleged bread and butter: NBA 2K20. In my old stomping grounds, I created a point guard, put him on the Lakers alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis and went 75-7 in my first season.
Then, I got bored and challenged Twitter ace @DragonflyJonez to an online matchup. The first game continued the good vibes, as I beat Dragonfly's Lakers in overtime with the Houston Rockets. Feeling good, I picked the Warriors in the next game, knowing Dragonfly is a noted Golden State hater. Not amused, he blew me out as James went for 42 points. He continued the beatdown in the tiebreaker, a Lakers-Rockets rematch, scoring 58 points on 42 shots with James, exposing the Rockets' small frontline.
😂 Alright quick rundown. First game Logan won in OT. I had LAL. He had HOU. Then he started trolling and picked GS. I won that one OF COURSE bc Logan didn't even pick a NBA team. Then we ran HOU-LAL back and I unleashed hell with Bron. 58 on 42 shots 💀 I was WILDIN https://t.co/QH0OFahREh pic.twitter.com/DLfwICVG6b— Beyonce has an uncle named Larry Beyince. Bruh.... (@DragonflyJonez) March 23, 2020
PS: My PSN gamertag is ElDoceLm12
Staring at a screen
When the controller goes down, a screen is usually in its place, whether it's for Twitter for coronavirus-related news, texting a source or catching up on a show.
At the moment, I'm watching "Black Monday" on Showtime, "Entourage" on HBO, and "Desus and Mero" reruns. "Black Monday," which stars Don Cheadle as a stock investor, is especially interesting, considering the similar economic challenges we're currently facing in our world.
Other notable content included DJ D-Nice's Instagram Live stream over the weekend. Well-known celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama and Diddy checked into the seven-hour party. It was a throwback to the late 1970s when DJs would throw parties in The Bronx, birthing the genre of Hip Hop. It was also a reminder of how music can bring us together no matter the circumstance. Speaking of music, did y'all hear Yahoo Sports Insider Chris Haynes' freestyle? Yeah, we're getting into the dog days.
Yearning for haircuts
I got to be honest, I'm looking rough these days. As of Monday night, I haven't been to Oakland Klippers in 17 days. During the season, I try to at least get a weekly lineup for TV. But each appearance on the Runnin' Plays pod is a reminder of how far I've fallen. It's extremely tragic.
But each reflection is a reminder of how barbershops are hurting at the moment. To help, I've Venmo'd my barber money each week as if I'm going to the shop so he doesn't lose my business for the foreseeable future. During this time, many small business owners are struggling and if we can, it's important to do our part to help.
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Aside from less travel and normal hours, the time away from the game has been tough. From the arena workers to the team employees and front office staff alike, the time away from our livelihoods is a tough transition.
In my case, it's hard not to be able to drive to Chase Center and cover my favorite sport. Covering basketball has brought me around the country and back, out of my circumstances and connected me with people I never thought I'd meet. But more importantly, the sport has brought together people from all different races, genders and classes.
At this point, my only solace has been to go outside and walk -- while distancing -- at least once a day, armed with the hope that each step is getting me closer to another night at Chase Center.
Four things getting Warriors reporter through NBA's coronavirus hiatus originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area