HBO’s new documentary “The Day Sports Stood Still” takes a look back at a year in sports like none other. The doc, which is produced by NBA superstar Chris Paul and is directed by Emmy Award-winning director Antoine Fuqua, explores the abrupt stoppage of play in the NBA on March 11th, 2020, the social unrest and protests for racial justice in the summer, and gives us first-hand accounts of what players had to go through for sports to return during the pandemic.
From quarantine, to playing in the bubble, to fighting racial injustice… man what a year it’s been. Coming to @hbomax on March 24th, #DaySportsStoodStill, an @HBO Original sports documentary that shares the story of the last year from an athletes’ point of view. pic.twitter.com/zzaHtB4hs8
— Chris Paul (@CP3) March 11, 2021
At the center of the film is the first-person account of NBA All-Star and president of the NBA Players Association, Chris Paul. An executive producer on the project, Paul, the point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder at the time, will relive his journey from being in the middle of the first game to be stopped on March 11, 2020 against the Utah Jazz, to suddenly living in quarantine, to his crucial role in helping re-open the NBA safely to playing in “the bubble.”
Brought to life through a collection of raw interviews with athletes that detail how profoundly the sports world’s pause in the pandemic affected their lives and careers, the documentary features: the NBA’s Donovan Mitchell, Danilo Gallinari, Karl-Anthony Towns, team owner Mark Cuban, commissioner Adam Silver, and players association executive director Michele Roberts; MLB’s Mookie Betts; the NHL’s Ryan Reaves; NFL’s Laurent Duvernay-Tardif; Natasha Cloud of the WNBA; LPGA’s Michelle Wie West; Dutch soccer player Marten de Roon; and Olympians Daryl Homer and Laurie
The Day Sports Stood Still premieres on HBO at 9 PM on Wednesday, March 24th, and will be available for streaming via HBO Max.