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The Ripple Effects of the Basketball Shutdown Reach Americans Abroad

When basketball stopped in Italy around early March, Aaron Craft faced a decision that many U. S. basketball players abroad had to consider: go home or wait out the pandemic on foreign soil? Two of Craft’s American teammates on his Italian club, Aquila Basket, didn’t hesitate; they flew home as soon as possible. Craft had a personal holdup. He didn’t think it would be safe for his then-13-month-old baby to travel in the middle of such a frenzy, so he and his wife bunkered down in Trento, six hours north of Rome. “Another factor was we were obligated contractually [to stay] at the time,” Craft said.

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