New norms here to stay

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about changes in sports social media. Those changes likely will be permanent.

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September 3, 2020 - 9:29 AM

North Carolina's K.J. Smith goes to the basket against Gonzaga's Filip Petrusev, left, at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Washington, on Dec. 18, 2019. Photo by William Mancebo / Getty Images / TNS

LOS ANGELES — Kenny Smith got the idea while watching his son in the backyard.

It happened earlier this summer, when the two-time NBA champion and TNT broadcaster saw his son, K.J., a senior guard at North Carolina, dribbling a ball outside in front of his laptop.

“I just thought he was doing a YouTube video or something,” Smith recalled. “He says, ‘I’m on a (live video) call with my middle school and high school.’ He had about 100 kids.”

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