I am probably a typical case. Never qualifying as a diehard NBA fan, I nonetheless enjoyed the sport and typically became more invested during the playoffs. I loved watching the NBA Finals, especially, and had missed very few Finals games in the past decade or so. I never had a home team but rooted for my favorite players. I had followed Lebron James’s career, in particular, since his first stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
But I didn’t watch a single minute of this past NBA season. LeBron and the Lakers won the trophy on Sunday and I didn’t realize that the game was even happening, or that the Lakers were up in the series. I found out the next day, due to viral footage of Lakers fans rioting in celebration (apparently, revelers celebrating a basketball team’s victory are immune to COVID, just like BLM activists and attendees of memorial services for Democrats). This was the first NBA season I’ve ever