It’s a difficult thing to set up a bubble and get hundreds of players and personnel to follow strict guidelines. But that’s what the NBA is attempting to do, and according to Adam Silver, it’s going well.
Marc Stein of the New York Times wrote about life in the bubble, and Silver said he feels optimistic:
“From my standpoint, it’s going very well, and I’m cautiously optimistic that we’re on the right track,” said Silver, the commissioner, who is scheduled to make his first appearance on campus this week. “But I also recognize what we’re doing has not been done before, and the competition is just beginning. The real test will come when players are commingling, playing basketball without masks and without physical distancing.”
Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum shared his thoughts on what it’s actually like to quarantine in a hotel room for days:
McCollum, who as a member of the National Basketball Players Association’s executive board had participated in numerous discussions around planning the bubble, said he still was not as prepared as he anticipated when he entered his initial quarantine.
“Your idea of what you’re going to go through and then what you experience, it’s completely different,” McCollum said. “You actually have to be here. You have to kind of go through that to really understand that.”
While there have been a handful of violations, the NBA has seemed to catch them quickly and worked to isolate any player that has had exposure outside the bubble.
The regular season resumes July 30.