With the NBA bubble in Disney World taking so long to commence, there have always been concerns in the back of my mind that issues could materialize, including a spike in coronavirus nationwide and/or in Florida, or players getting cold feet over the whole idea of the bubble. This afternoon, word has emerged that Kyrie Irving is leading a charge of concerns about the bubble.
Reports of issues with the bubbles have been trickling out:
- On Wednesday, Woj reported at ESPN that there have been conference calls with 40-50 players who were expressing the following concerns: “As players have started to come to terms with the restrictive and isolated nature of the Orlando bubble — including no visitors until after the first round of the playoffs, nearly seven weeks after the opening of mid-July training camp — there has been increased dialogue about the prudence of restarting the season for a number of players, especially those on non-championship contenders, sources said.”
- Woj also reported that some of the players had issues about not being able to leave the bubble.
- Earlier today, Chris Haynes reported at Yahoo that a number of players are ‘disappointed’ that their voices weren’t heard from in the process of resuming play; last week the NBA Players Association executive committee approved the plan.
Following that report, Taylor Rooks and Howard Beck of Bleacher Report added the following:
MORE: I've spoken to multiple players, about 5 days ago there was a zoom call of about 50 players discussing what they can do to take a stand. They are planning another call tonight with about 150 players to solidify what that stand is and stress this only works if they unify. https://t.co/FsklmAiD1I
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) June 12, 2020
There's growing concern re NBA's bubble plan. Players want more freedom of movement while in Orlando. One agent estimates that 2/3 of the top 40 would refuse to play under the proposed restrictions. https://t.co/IrM5MHPu5e
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) June 12, 2020
It sounds like there could be more concern over a lack of freedom to go in and out of the bubble than concern for safety. Hopefully all of this gets squared away because it would be a complete disaster if the NBA’s return to play plans blew up.
Update: Haynes adds:
As @TaylorRooks, @HowardBeck reports, Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has organized a call tonight for players to discuss what position they should take. He’s of mindset that during racial tension, not returning to play should be considered, sources say. https://t.co/8W8VaZMxQh
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 12, 2020
Here is what Clay had to say about NBA players being unhappy with the bubble:
“The NBA players are now unhappy with the Orlando quarantine, and the Orlando quarantine doesn’t make sense. The NBA is implementing a plan in August that would have only made sense in April. This is just nonsensical.”—@ClayTravis pic.twitter.com/22I9zBSJr5
— Outkick the Coverage (@Outkick) June 12, 2020