But Durant didn’t have much time to get acclimated before the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic two days later. “I did not have a traditional onboarding, but I sincerely believe that I am meant to be here at this moment,” Durant, who previously worked for ESPN for 20 years, told The Undefeated on Wednesday. “You learn fast. We had to figure out what this meant for our business, how to protect our cast members, how to do what was right for our guests. “I was the new person, the people around me weren’t new. They knew their jobs. They knew this company, and they brought me along.”
What is the state of women of color in sports? Rosalyn Durant: It is significantly better than it was when I started. I see more women. We find each other, we link arms, we support and we help each other. I’ve watched the numbers increase over the years. So, I am encouraged by where it is. I am committed to seeing it get to a better place where it’s not just women, but it’s women of color, and it is Black women who are not only in the companies, but who have a seat at the table. I see a path to that. Even the conversations that we’re having now in light of everything that’s happening in this world, it’s an awakening. I don’t believe this is a moment. I believe this is a movement that would lead us to more social justice, to more representation at all levels.
The NBA has used the technology by partnering with Fusion Sport, which has usually worked with professional sports teams, colleges, military branches and private companies to compile and analyze data involving human performance and business trends. Fusion Sport has recently worked with organizations, including the NBA, to help analyze the data regarding every employee’s wellness, symptoms and test results. So when each player, coach, staff member and reporter fills out their symptom questionnaire, temperature and oxygen levels, they are not just logging the information so they can learn about their health status. The NBA and health officials will quickly learn, too. “Those are all getting fed to that Fusion Sport database and software,” Ryan said. “What we’ve done is written a big algorithm that takes in all of those inputs for every individual on campus for every given moment.”
Once someone checks into a location, health officials are given alerts so they can look up the person’s profile. If the Magic Band display shows green, that person can proceed through the checkpoint. If it turns a different color, a medical investigation begins. The reasons could include a person forgetting to fill out the symptom self-assessment, leaving a room despite nursing symptoms or breaking quarantine. Despite that technology, though, the NBA and Disney are not using these devices to contact trace or access a person’s location that are not part of the designated checkpoints. “The Magic Band isn’t holding any of your health data. That is not on the band at all,” Ryan said. “The band is a unique identifier that says a person is at this location at this time. There’s no memory on a Magic Band.”
Rix Sports Bar and Grill, tucked between the hallway to the practice courts inside the Coronado Springs resort and the hallway to players’ rooms, has become the unofficial hangout spot inside the bubble. “It is tough when you’re in your room 24/7 other than when you’re in practice,” Bucks guard George Hill said, when asked about Rix. “So, just to get out and sit in some regular chairs to kind of make it feel like it’s just [normal] life itself still, that’s what we’re trying to do.” By 7:30 every evening, the dark bar is buzzing with players, coaches and trainers. Starting Sunday, the place was open only to NBA players and personnel.
Milwaukee’s room even has a pinball machine, and Miami surprised players by adding photos of their families. “It’s really special,” Heat guard Goran Dragic said. “We know we’re going to be here for a long time and it was something unbelievable from [the organization] to do that for us. “Other teams, when they are walking past our room, they’re always looking into our room and say, ‘Whoa, look what they have.'”