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Today is the one year anniversary of the NBA’s coronavirus season suspension, back when things were “normal”

On this day in 2020, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19. The Washington Wizards’ last home game with fans was on Mar. 10, 2020 in a win over the New York Knicks.

New York Knicks v Washington Wizards
It has been over one year since the Wizards played a home game with fans.
Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

This last year has been about many changes in our lives. We aren’t going to basketball games at Capital One Arena anymore. We have to wear masks everywhere we go. And we are using hand sanitizer and disinfectant more than ever before.

Today also marks the one-year anniversary of the NBA’s suspension of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. A positive test by Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert forced the league to suspend play for four months. In fact, NBA’s decision to suspend play triggered similar decisions across nearly every sport throughout the country and the world.

It’s surreal that it’s also been over one year since the Wizards held a home game with fans at Capital One Arena. It was a 122-115 win over the New York Knicks on Mar. 10. While I don’t think there will be many fans at games this season (if there will be any at all), hopefully, we will be much closer to that point this fall for the start of the 2021-22 season.

I hope most of you did not get COVID-19 this past year and will get in line to get vaccinated when it’s your turn. While I personally have not gotten or at least tested positive for the coronavirus, I had some friends who did test positive and had some rough coughing symptoms, though they fortunately never went to the hospital.

The past year has felt like 100 years given how our way of life has changed. And it still feels surreal to this moment.