Quarantine (Life and Culture)

Taylor Rooks Gets the N.B.A. Interviews That Go Viral

[Marc Stein is on a brief hiatus after spending 54 days inside the bubble. Shauntel Lowe, N.B.A. editor for The New York Times, is filling in this week. Sign up to receive his newsletter each week by clicking here.] Taylor Rooks has been praised by her industry peers and sports fans alike for conducting some …

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Who Is Behind Those N.B.A. ‘Bubble Life’ Tweets?

For nearly two weeks, the Twitter accounts @NBABubbleLife and @WNBABubbleLife have anonymously chronicled the world’s best basketball players shotgunning beers, dancing with their teammates, failing at fishing and going about everyday activities, like getting haircuts and eating pancakes. The posts — a curated series of videos, photos and musings pulled from players’ social media accounts …

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Parenting Inside Sports’ Bubble: ‘This Is Mom’s Job. Work With Me.’

When her soccer team returned to the field in June, Amy Rodriguez had a familiar problem. Alone in Utah with her two sons, she needed to get back to work but had no way to hire child care help because of the pandemic. So Rodriguez did what only felt normal after years of balancing her …

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Many N.B.A. Stars Lack Home Court Advantage: Basketball Hoops

When he kept getting the same downbeat message from various Miami Heat teammates about their long spell of inactivity, Jimmy Butler knew he had to do something. Again and again, Butler said, he heard them lament: “I feel like I’m getting worse.” Butler’s answer: He paid a company in Utah to send portable basketball hoops …

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