Dear J: I recently got into a new relationship with a boy at Tufts. I really like him and it's going well but we only have a couple more weeks together until we go back home for the summer (we live far away from each other). I think the long distance is going to be too hard on us since our relationship is still young. How should we handle it?
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Last season, the NBA implemented a play-in tournament for the first time. With the end of last season already abnormal due to COVID-19, the NBA Bubble presented a good opportunity to try out a new format. The play-in tournament occurred after the regular season, before the first round of the playoffs. This season, it will include the seventh through tenth-seeded teams from each conference, with each team competing for the seventh and eighth seeds in their respective conferences. Prior to the implementation of the play-in, the first through eighth-seeded teams in each conference from the regular season advanced directly to the first round of the playoffs.
Dear J: I really want to do the Civic Semester program and take a gap year, but I'm worried about being one year behind and finding it hard to make friends.
I admit that I have been watching very little of the NBA, and a large part of that is due to the fact that the league is just not exciting right now.
Dear J: How can I prioritize exercising if I don't have time and feel lazy sometimes?
Before coming to Tufts in fall 2019, Dylan Thoerner was an accomplished guard and starter for Beckman High School in California. Although he grew up as an all-around talented athlete, Thoerner, now a sophomore, gravitated toward basketball from an early age.
Dear J: Why are the dining hall lines so long? When's the best time for dinner?
Paige Bueckers, a first-year on the University of Connecticut women's basketball team, has been an internet sensation since her days in high school and it’s easy to see why. On the court, Bueckers is an electric player whose playmaking abilities are really what makes her stand out. Although there is no shortage of talent and excitement in the WNBA, the internet fame that follows the new generation of athletes like Bueckers could bring more viewers to women’s basketball.
As we continue to celebrate Black History Month by highlighting the voices of Black individuals, let’s look back at some of the loudest voices in basketball and their contributions toward the Black Lives Matter movement this past year.
Dear J: How can I deepen my communication with new friends without being weird?
With previously injured players like Stephen Curryand Kevin Durantcoming back, rookies from the draft looking to find their feet, free agent signings hoping to break through and ongoing trades changing the league, there’s a lot to look forward to in the NBA. Last season, the NBA went on an over four-month hiatus starting in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There were many concerns over how the season would continue, but the league eventually settled on creating a bubble in Orlando, Fla. Twenty-two teams were invited onto the Disney campus to carry out the rest of their season, and 16 teams entered the playoffs.
Dear J: How will I cope with being home for at least two months and not coming back to campus until February? Also will we even have a spring semester?
Last Monday, the NBA and the Boston Celtics came together to mourn the loss ofTommy Heinsohn, who died at 86. Tommy dedicated his entire professional career to the league, specifically the city of Boston, as a player, coach and broadcaster — earning himself the title of Mr. Celtic.
Dear J: How should I go about telling my family that I’m thinking about quitting college?
Dear J: Why do guys not like me? I am definitely not ugly, but it seems like no one approaches me.
Dear J: How can I bring up to my crush that I have feelings for her?
The Los Angeles Lakers walked away with the 2020 NBA championship, but let's take a look at the winners and losers of the NBA playoffs in the Bubble.
Dear J: How do you find a girlfriend/talk to girls if you are truly a nice person but are quiet until you get to know someone well?
The NBA Finals came to a bittersweet end this past Sunday. In Game 6 against the Miami Heat, the Los Angeles Lakers emerged victorious with a dominating 106–93 final score. In the surreal final moments of the night, we saw Dwight Howard make a rare 3-pointer, an already shirtless J.R. Smith run onto the court after the buzzer and confetti fall in front of virtual fans on the walls. Through the trials of the Bubble, LeBron won his fourth championship with his third team as well as the Finals MVP only for thousands of basketball fans on Twitter to say that the 2020 NBA season came with an asterisk. But the Bubble has always counted.
Dear J: How do I handle a long-distance relationship?