The NBA bubble concept is working the way it was designed, and coaches are finding the setup to be better than being outside Disney World.
Players are slowly learning what they can and can’t do inside the bubble. They’ve been inside it for less than a week, but their life inside the bubble seems ideal. Florida is currently the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. However, they’re all protected by the meticulous bubble that the NBA has set up.
Players testing positive upon entering the bubble is expected, as claimed by Kawhi Leonard. Nonetheless, the league knows how and where to prevent an outbreak from kicking in.
Coaches are loving the NBA bubble situation
The success of the NBA will ultimately rest on the hands of the players and coaches. The NBA has sent out a thorough 113-page handbook on people’s lives inside the bubble. Whether or not it is read thoroughly by the players is their deal and risk. Nevertheless, coaches feel safe inside the bubble.
Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said that life inside the bubble has ‘grown.’ He added,
“I mean, right now, look outside the bubble what’s going on. Right now the United States is on fire in some ways as far as COVID. Here, we’ve had two [positive] tests. We’ve had two guys, two guys who broke protocol. One I know that was a mistake, and the other one just happened. I’m very, very happy with what’s gone on so far.”
He has all the reasons to be happy. His star player Kawhi Leonard just laced up to join their team’s practice recently. Fortunately, they haven’t encountered any hiccup so far. As to what’s going to happen in the next few days and week, no one can say for sure.
Snitching inside the bubble?
The NBA has provided an anonymous hotline for players to call to report any incident. There are rumors that the line is very active. The number one issue being put forth are players not practicing social distancing.
It will only take one positive case inside the bubble for the entire plan to crumble. As such, the NBA is not taking any risks. Earlier reports say that some players have been reprimanded.
Also, no superstar is too big for any phone-in complaints. Another report yesterday complained about some loud banging sounds coming from another room. Security guards immediately came only to find out a drenched Jimmy Butler working out.
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