The NBA plays in hours, miles from Uvalde Elementary School shooting

DALAS – Steven Curry looked his coach straight in the eye, accompanied by a steady handshake – no words were spoken, the bond created by the two men needed no verbal confirmation.

The voice of the usually boastful and always heard PA announcer of the Dallas Mavericks, Sean Heath, broke when he called for a moment of silence before the start of the final of the Western Conference of Game 4, something rare, although the celebrations of mass shootings in the arena are as common as fireworks and the drum. -explosive music.

It was supposed to be nothing more than a regular game and fog seemed to prevail across the center of American Airlines on Tuesday night, with the Mavericks preventing a blockade and a late run by the Golden State Warriors to get on board. the series with a Victory with 119-109.

Curry was not in the room for Steve Kerr’s passionate appeal for gun availability legislation, but he saw Kerr’s emotional, terrifying challenge to Congress via Twitter and posted it on his account shortly before the game.

About 350 miles from Uvalde, closer to San Antonio than Dallas, Rob Elementary School became the most recent dot on the map of the United States – a mass shooting that claimed at least 21 lives by midnight Tuesday.

“I appreciate his leadership. “It’s on everyone’s mind to get into the game,” Curry said. “It’s a bit difficult to stay focused on basketball. It happened in this situation. I have children, I go to school every day, I leave them “.

And he waits for them to come home safely, every day.

The pattern is unfortunate but familiar, something Carrie’s brother-in-law and teammate Damion Lee mentioned a few moments later – waking up from a nap and checking Twitter, only to learn about another shot at school. Then, checking with teammates on the bus ride to the arena, comparing notes and information.

Until the game is over, it is almost impossible to open any social media application and see not an unknown person but an innocent one – perhaps a child with a large caption behind him or a teacher lost in an attempt to save lives.

The idea is both clear and unavoidable and the fear is usually not far from the initial shock.

“It simply came to our notice then. You saw Steve press before the game. “These are exactly my feelings,” Lee said. “It’s sad the world we live in. We need to reform it. It is easier to get a gun than baby milk. It is incredible.”

Lee used air quotes when he said “the biggest country in the world,” a common trope used to incorporate or sincerely comfort grieving citizens whose only power is to express anger and sadness on social media.

“Since we left the shooting, 14 children have been killed 400 miles from here and one teacher,” Kerr said hours ago. “In the last 10 days, elderly black people have been killed in a Buffalo supermarket, Asian church members have been killed in Southern California, and now we have children being killed at school.

“When are we going to do something? I’m tired. I’m so tired of getting up here and offering my condolences to the devastated families out there. I am so tired. Excuse me. Sorry. I’m tired of moments of silence. Enough.”

Kerr called the senators by name, speaking from his own personal experience of his father, Malcolm Kerr, who was assassinated in Beirut when the Warriors coach was champion in Arizona.

“Every word he said was strong, it made sense,” Carrie said. “I accept this challenge, I’m trying to find ways to use my platform to change. You can say what he meant to him, go up to the microphone to say what he said. I appreciate his leadership. “

There seemed to be no thought from the NBA of postponing the game, in part because the postponements would lead to the season in August before the finish, unfortunately, and so the game went on.

It would be unfair to attribute the result to the events of the day, because the Mavericks do what they always did when faced with exclusion in these playoffs – they do it all. Luka Doncic did not have a superhuman night, but he did not need, with 30 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists per night below 40%.

The Warriors did not excel in the closing games of this series playoffs – including hitting the Memphis Grizzlies with the Warriors 50 behind.

There was no such mockery here, with the starters being ineffective after the first trimester and largely taking the loss. They took a 16-13 lead and never again, barely registering as rivals until Golden State rookies Jonathan Cuminga and Moses Moody put the game on hold.

Golden State Warriors striker Jonathan Cuminga is defending against the Dallas Mavericks striker Davis Bertans during the 4th game of the NBA Western Conference Finals on May 24, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

The lead of 29 points fell to eight with the kids showing what they can do when given a little playing time, without looking too confused by the atmosphere of the playoffs. Kuminga scored 17 with eight rebounds and Moody 10, scoring some corners that could prove useful later.

“It’s great, they had the opportunity to go out there and make their presence felt, to influence the game,” Carrie said. “Build some confidence and some experience in this series and what it’s like to be out there.”

Most frustrating of all is that Curry was still a talented stranger with ankle problems, Kuminga was four years away from moving to the states, and Moody was not in high school when it came to gun control. reached a turning point in Sandy. Hook in Connecticut in December 2012, when 6-year-olds were shot dead.

The issue is no closer to the conclusion now than it was then, hence Kerr’s anger as he knocked on the desk in the pregame, frustrated and angry.

The two teams played and played on Tuesday, which is more than one can say about the people in power.

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