Heat forward and New Hampshire native Duncan Robinson has been in the NBA’s Orlando bubble for nearly three months, at once the most invigorating and isolating time of his life.
On the court, the sharpshooter has averaged 11 points per game during the playoffs and helped guide Miami to an improbable NBA Finals appearance against the Lakers.
But there have been so many idle hours, too. Robinson would sometimes call his sister Marta three times a day, with her finally asking him what’s left to talk about. It was important for those close to him to remind Robinson that he is certainly not alone, even if the now desolate Disney campus may feel that way. So they came up with an idea.
Harry Rafferty, Robinson’s close friend, reached out to
QUITOBAQUITO SPRINGS — Eleanor Ortega filled a clear plastic water bottle from the small current of a sacred spring that has sprouted lifefor centuries in the heart of the Sonoran desert.
It sustained generations of Tohono and Hia-Ced O’odham — the Desert and Sand Dune People, respectively — including her great-great-grandfather, who is buried a short distance away.
As the sun began its ascent into the clear Sunday sky, she poured the water into a pumpkin gourd lying in the hardened white sand next to her.
When she finished, she picked the gourd up with both hands, stepped over the concrete-lined ditch carrying the water downstream, and began walking back along a clearly-marked trail.
“When I was young, my grandfather used to bring me up here all the time,” Ortega said as she walked, the sand crunching loudly beneath her black