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As the WNBA season begins, Brittney Griner’s absence should rattle the country

A somber WNBA season begins Friday night. Instead of looking at the running clock, you can measure the league’s time by counting the days Brittney Griner has spent in Russian captivity. She has been a prisoner for 78 now. Two years ago, at the start of the pandemic, the sport played an entire bubble season in 97 days.

What should be a wholly festive time is forced to seem funereal. In all 12 WNBA cities, arenas will feature “BG42” court decals to maintain awareness of Griner, whose detainment is now deemed wrongful by the U.S. government. It’s not often that a common method of memorialization is used to honor a person still with us. Sometimes, though, her situation feels that dire.

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