NBA Players Expressing Concerns About Playing In A Bubble Community

Paola Ditto
Giugno 17, 2020

The Athletic's Shams Charania reports the Boston Celtics and other teams invited to finish their 2019-20 season in Florida will likely be allowed to to bring 17 players - including two-way players - to the Orlando-area "bubble" location the National Basketball Association has chosen to resume play at.

The memo, which was obtained by ESPN, says players and "essential team staff" - any coaches, trainers or medical personnel who will be working with players directly, or will be part of the travel party to Orlando, Florida - will be administered both a COVID-19 test and an antibody test on June 23. All teams are now scheduled to arrive at Walt Disney World between July 7 and July 9.

Bleacher Reports' Taylor Rooks and Howard Beck report that Irving organizing a phone call that will take place tonight (June.12) with other players to "discuss what position they should take", and that he's is a "driving force". Teams will also be allowed replace players who suffer injuries, don't show up, or test positive for the virus, with players who are now free-agents or are in the G-League.

The NBA has been assured that their testing will not deprive health-care workers, first responders and symptomatic patients in each league city of adequate testing supplies, ESPN reported.

Among the major sticking points is that visitors will not be permitted to enter the "bubble" until the end of the first round of the play-offs - nearly seven weeks after players arrive at Disney World - tentatively scheduled to be played from July 9 to 11. The group also will supply free tests for the general public in all the 21 metropolitan areas that have teams engaged in the summarized season, the particular report mentioned.

Worldwide players who left the country have been asked to return to their home markets by Monday, with the remainder of players scheduled to return by June 22.

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