What life will be like inside the NBA bubble in Orlando

Beginning July 7, life contained in the NBA bubble for 22 teams of gamers and workforce employees might be dominated by a 108-page well being and security protocol handbook — one written in a tiny, Apple guarantee sized font. The handbook dictates the principles about something and every thing with the NBA’s return to play.

What’s within the handbook? What is going to life contained in the NBA bubble be like?

Right here is an overview primarily based on sources who spoke to NBC Sports activities in regards to the guidelines and rules, plus experiences from different media.


• From July 7 to 9, gamers will arrive on the Walt Disney World complicated in Orlando. Staff arrivals might be unfold out over three days to keep away from congestions.

• Upon arrival, gamers might be quarantined of their resort room till they’ve two unfavorable coronavirus exams 24 hours aside. After that, gamers might be examined “repeatedly,” in accordance with the handbook, though that may very well be every day or near it for a lot of the time in Orlando.

• What motels are the gamers at? Right here’s the breakdown.

The Grand Destino is taken into account the first participant resort, and if a decrease seed workforce advances far sufficient they might be requested to maneuver to the Grand Destino from there resort.

• Sure, the Orlando Magic have to remain in an Orlando resort. Letting them go residence would defeat the purpose of a bubble.

• Every participant might be given a “MagicBand” — a bracelet that serves as a room key and pockets all through the resort and Disney property. It additionally might be used to check-in gamers for testing.

• Gamers can also put on a “proximity alarm” that may notify the wearer if she or he spends greater than 5 seconds inside six ft of one other particular person with the alarm. All workforce and league employees might be required to put on these.

• Everybody might be required to put on a facemask, besides when consuming, at a exercise or observe, of their room, or if they’re swimming or doing one thing greater than six ft away from one other particular person (laying out by the pool with no one round).

• All of the meals might be cooked by Disney cooks on-site, and every workforce will work with a “culinary workforce” that may make each effort to design a menu that matches dietary wants of every workforce. Gamers can have personal cooks who put together meals off-site, which will be introduced into the gamers.

• Disney is open to establishing eating expertise for gamers/groups at a number of the eating places on the Disney property however exterior the bubble space, or having that meals introduced into the bubble, according to friend of this site Keith Smith.


• The motels can have a players-only lounge space (with televisions and gaming areas, together with NBA 2K, in fact), plus barbers, manicures and spa companies, and extra. There additionally might be film screenings, some DJ units, playing cards for booray video games, bowling (Chris Paul might be there nightly), and different video games similar to ping pong — however gamers should not allowed to play doubles. Severely.

• There are swimming pools on the motels that might be open to be used by the gamers. There might be mountain climbing and biking trails to be used by the gamers.

• There might be golf obtainable, however no caddies. Doc Rivers goes to have to hold his personal golf equipment.

• Gamers are inspired to remain within the bubble. Preparations to depart for main life occasions or emergencies — the delivery of a kid, sick relative, marriage ceremony — will be made with the league, however the league must be knowledgeable and as far prematurely as is feasible.

• Whereas gamers are allowed to depart the campus/bubble, he’ll face a 10-14 day quarantine upon his return and must have two unfavorable exams. Additionally, the participant won’t be paid for any video games missed.

• Any workforce employees that violates the principles of the bubble or leaves the bubble with out prior approval might be eliminated and can’t return to the Disney campus. Groups will be unable to switch that particular person.

• Gamers and employees must signal a doc saying they’ll abide by the principles of the bubble.

• There might be a hotline arrange the place gamers or employees can name and report a violation of the well being and security guidelines within the bubble. Insert your individual Chris Paul “his masks is untucked” joke right here (or how each Clipper goes to name and say LeBron James is in violation of the principles).


• If — or, to be extra sensible, when — a participant exams optimistic contained in the NBA bubble he’ll instantly be moved to a separate location termed “isolation housing.” The NBA is some rental houses exterior the Disney property to make use of for this.

• The participant might be retested to ensure this was not a false optimistic.

• Groups and the league will extra carefully monitor and take a look at anybody who was in shut proximity to that participant between exams.

• The participant can return to the bubble and his workforce after consecutive unfavorable exams.

• A memo to groups advised them the video games wouldn’t cease due to a optimistic take a look at and to be ready for that. The precise quote is, “the prevalence of a small or in any other case anticipated variety of COVID-19 instances won’t require a call to droop or cancel” the season restart. (What occurs if one workforce has a number of optimistic exams impacting key rotation gamers might be one thing to observe.)


Video games contained in the NBA bubble will happen at one in every of three amenities:
• The HP Subject Home would be the major recreation court docket, it’s broadcast prepared.
• The Enviornment can have a recreation broadcast court docket plus has a few aspect observe courts.
• The Visa Heart has a court docket that can be utilized for recreation broadcasts, however it will primarily be a observe facility.
• All three areas have weight and coaching areas, along with trendy locker rooms (though not ones as good as groups have at their residence arenas).

• There might be about 4 hours between video games, permitting time for an entire sanitization of the court docket, plus time for groups to do their normal pregame-warmup routines.

• There might be about 5-7 video games a day in the course of the seeding rounds, with some video games not beginning till 10-10:30 p.m. Japanese (which is 7:30 on the West Coast, a regular begin time for the Lakers, Clippers, and Path Blazers).

• Benches on the video games can have two rows, identical to at a daily NBA recreation. The gamers and coaches on the entrance bench don’t have to put on masks (though it’s inspired for coaches), however coaches and trainers on the second row of the bench should put on masks.