League Fits aspirations, travel woes, the calm before the roar: NBA writers share stories from the road – The Athletic

As part of our look back on 2021, we asked a few writers from each of The Athletic’s verticals to share their thoughts of life on the road and back inside arenas and stadiums filled with fans. Today, we continue our five-part series, “Return to the Arena,” with five NBA writers offering insights about what it meant to them, personally and professionally, to get back to covering games.

Back in the mix and finally meeting the players I cover

This season, I went into the year with three goals: 1. Write good stories. 2. Write good stories. 3. Be the first reporter to be posted on the League Fits social media account.

The first two objectives, of course, are what I strive for every year. It’s what I love to do. The third one is new, and during a road trip to Atlanta in October, I went for it.

First off, if you’re not familiar with League Fits, it’s an Instagram and Twitter account that posts the best outfits nightly in the NBA and WNBA. It’s the home of the drippiest athletes. No reporter has ever made it on there. I knew it would be a long shot for me to attract the attention of the ever-so-popular account, but I’ve been giving it everything I have all season. After all, for almost two years, we reporters have been sitting in the comfort of our own homes, sporting sweatpants and dingy music T-shirts due to COVID-19.

But, anyway, back to Atlanta. I showed up to a Pistons practice on the campus of Georgia Tech wearing an outfit you’d see P.J.