NBA players on a new offensive
Fighting an invisible enemy from a bubble
BY DAVID THORPE
“Oh,” Corey Brewer says by phone, “it’s a war zone, Coach.” Corey and his wife Monique delivered their second child just as the pandemic shut the world down. I assumed he was speaking of a house filled with diapers, crying, toys, and tantrums from children and exhausted parents. They also have a high energy Great Dane.
But it’s not just that. The war analogy keeps going.
His oldest boy, about to start kindergarten, has been placing toy army men all over the house, with his dad’s help. They strategize for hours.
Corey himself has been staying in NBA shape by training more or less like a Navy SEAL.
And, like every family, the Brewers are at war with COVID-19, with a campaign of masks, hand washing, and distancing.
And now the whole war takes a turn: Tuesday, Brewer signed to play for the Sacramento Kings.
Corey Brewer grew up as the most famous athlete in Portland, Tennessee. It seems like a line from a movie, but he really did learn to cut tobacco and tend fields on his dad…