Basketball Bubble Blues

Due to COVID-19 the NBA basketball season was played in a bubble environment in Orlando, FL.

The NBA bubble affected many players, 

“I underestimated mental health, honestly. I had anxiety, a little bit of depression,” said Paul George, one of the Clippers’ star players. “Just being locked in here. I just wasn’t there. I checked out. Games two, three, four I felt like I wasn’t there.” 

After only eight teams were left in the bubble, families were allowed to join the players in the bubble. That helped some players get over their stress. 

Some players actually left the bubble before their team was out of the tournament. Whenever someone left the bubble they had to do a 10 day quarantine so they didn’t spread the virus to anyone.

Danuel House Jr. left the basketball bubble. He breached the safety protocol. He invited a guest to come to his hotel room, allegedly a female COVID-19 official. As a result, he had to leave the bubble to quarantine himself. He missed three playoff games during that time. But House wasn’t the only one who left the bubble. 

Richaun Holmes, Sacramento Kings Center, left the bubble craving some chicken wings. 

“I went to grab the wings, I wasn’t really too aware of the borders,” said Holmes. 

Once Holmes left the designated area, the NBA stepped in and informed him of the violation. For the safety of everyone involved, Holmes was sent to his room to quarantine. 

“They want to be as safe as possible,” Holmes said. “I completely understand that. I won’t make that mistake again.” 

The NBA wanted to be as safe as possible by putting the players first and protecting them. 

“I think they needed a break. And maybe, in retrospect, we should have built in a break along the way in the games,” Silver said. “Not necessarily for people to leave the bubble, because then you’ve got to quarantine all over again. But just to give guys several days just to sit back and sort of just reflect on what’s happening in society.”

Despite the changes to the season, many fans were still happy with the play.

“I thought the basketball games were fun and all but they just didn’t seem as real as regular games,” said Lakers fan Jake N.

It looks like NBA fans are just going to have to wait and see what changes the NBA is going to make to the upcoming 2020-2021 season.