The Deets: NBA, Curry show leadership, 49ers need some reinforcements

1. The NBA led the way.

Reluctantly, sure, but nevertheless, it led.

The league has flaws. Countless flaws. Fault likes that will only break apart further amid this tragic pandemic.

But in shutting down the entire league swiftly — if not cleanly — upon Jazz center Rudy Gobert’s positive test, the NBA highlighted the severity of the issue at hand.

Two weeks later, it’s clear that move was anything but an overreaction. Since that decision was made, nearly every sports league in the world has shut down, most in rapid succession after the NBA. The NBA led, the rest of the sports world followed.

In Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban’s off-the-cuff remark that he would take care of all of the Mavs’ game-day employees that night. He led — though perhaps not deliberately — by establishing a standard of decency that permeated the sports world and many places in the everyday business world, too.

On Thursday morning, Stephen Curry led by hosting Dr. Anthony Fauci on his Instagram account for a Q&A. The questions were simple, straightforward, and without bias. There wasn’t new information for those who have been following this pandemic for months, but Fauci provided vital information to those who have not received it yet. It was a positive deed of public service from Curry and the good doctor — one that should be emulated, in spirit, not just by multi-millionaire celebrities and public health officials, but by everyone.

As I’ve written before and will write countless times in the coming weeks, sports were the first part of our normal to go amid this pandemic. They’ll likely be the last normal thing to return to whatever our day-to-day lives are after this.

But we should be grateful that’s how it’ll go down. Sports are just games. This pandemic is far more serious than that.

The NBA took a minute, but they understood. Cuban and most other owners (but not one — more on him in a moment) got it, too. Curry — as if there was any doubt — picked it up, as well.

The NBA gets more credit than it deserves for being “woke” and progressive. Let’s not forget how they handled the Daryl Morey Hong Kong tweet at the beginning of the season. But on the whole, they’ve led the way in sports amid this crisis. When this is all over — and that day cannot come soon enough — let’s not forget that either.

2. The 49ers’ identity last year was running the football on offense and having a ferocious defensive line on defense.

As we talked about so often during the NFL playoffs: identity matters.

But looking forward into the 2020 NFL season (fingers crossed there is one), it cannot be argued that the Niners’ defensive line will take a step back.

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