As more aspects of the NBA’s return-to-play plan come into focus, details have emerged regarding what day-to-day life in the league’s quarantine ‘bubble’ at Disney World will look like.
The Athletic‘s Shams Charania revealed the daily schedule given to players in preparation of the late-June resumption of the 2019-20 season:
The schedule lays out hour-by-hour plans spanning from team breakfast in the morning to pre-game preparations and post-game arrangements. The plan notes a virtual media availability for a selection of players pre- and post-game, as well as how players will navigate the shootaround and warmups on game day, including pre-recorded player introductions.
Charania also revealed visuals that were shared with players, showing what the court and workout arrangements will look like:
Most interesting among the details that were revealed are the potential entertainment options available to players, with Charania noting hotel amenities will include a players-only gaming lounge, barbers, manicurists and pedicurists, as well as movie screenings, DJ sets and a number of other options for players’ down-time. The players will also reportedly be permitted to attend other teams’ games.
The Los Angeles Times‘ Dan Woike added ‘live comedy’ and Disney park attractions to that mix while ESPN’s Ramona Shelbourne reports teams will have opportunities to go on outings in other areas of the park, including golf and fishing.
Which hotels each team will be staying at in Disney have also reportedly been assigned, based on seeding, with the Raptors heading to Gran Destino.
Furthermore, Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reports that teams will each have individual personalized menus created by Disney’s culinary team.
Haynes also reported the protocol on other details of life in the bubble, like wearing face masks and receiving deliveries from outside the bubble.
Per Charania, the league also detailed the required positions for each club’s 35-person travelling party.
Finally, Charania and The Athletic‘s Sam Amick report that the NBA will create an anonymous hotline for people in the bubble to report breaches of rules. Everyone entering the bubble on behalf of the NBA will be required to affirm in writing that they will follow all the rules and anyone who breaches that contract could be disciplined with a “warning, fine, suspension, and/or removal from the campus.”
While the league’s quarantine setup has widely been referred to as a ‘quarantine bubble,’ NBA commissioner Adam Silver noted Monday that this is a bit of misnomer, as Disney employees will be going in and out of the Disney campus during the NBA’s tenure.