The Orlando Bubble has been amazing so far. First off, health-wise, it is doing its job. The first set of results of players in the bubble saw two players test positive for COVID-19. The second set of results of players in the bubble had zero positive tests for COVID-19. There is still a lot of time left before a champion is crowned, but so far, so good.
Entertainment wise, it has been amazing for the fans. There have been some scrimmage games, and it is giving everyone a taste of what games without fans will be like. The fans have been able to follow along by watching the vlogs of some of the players in the bubble. Some of the vloggers include Matisse Thybulle, Javale McGee, and Troy Brown Jr. There is also a Twitter and Instagram account called NBABubbleLife. The account has been reposting things the players posted in order to keep the fans up to date on what is going on inside the bubble.
The players seem to be enjoying themselves as well. There are many activities that the players can do, such as going golfing, bowling, fishing, boating, and going down waterslides. There are also game rooms, and now most players are able to go to restaurants within the bubble. With the seeding games starting soon, I’d assume players are very excited to get back to action and finally be back doing what they love.
While for the most part the NBA bubble has gone smoothly, there have been some mishaps. Suns Center, Richaun Holmes, left the bubble by accident to pick up some food and was forced to quarantine for ten days. Rockets Small Forward, Bruno Caboclo, left his room during the initial 48-hour quarantine and was forced to quarantine for an additional ten days as well. JR Smith was kicked off Instagram live because he was showing too much of the bubble on one of the first nights. And finally, we have someone on twitter who claims she was already invited to the bubble.
The bubble has been great overall so far. With the return of basketball just around the corner, there is a lot of excitement about finishing out the year and crowning an NBA champion.