Whats Will Basketball be like outside the Bubble?


Associated Press

Fans leaving the Golden One Center as a game is postponed back in March

After successfully escaping the effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the National Basketball Association is going to hold another season in the pandemic.

On March 11, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the NBA suspended league operations for several months. The season resumed on July 30 with 22 teams representing the top 11 from each conference playing inside a “bubble” at Disneyworld.

“Those months were so bleak, everything was locked down and we didn’t even have new sports to help us escape.” Sanderson senior Matthew Mcgrew recalled. “I was almost leaping with joy when I heard about the bubble.”

The Bubble was a success with none of the players, coaches, or officials inside of it catching the virus. The league played the last eight regular-season games and the playoffs with the Lakers winning the NBA finals.

The NBA decided not to pursue a bubble model for the 2020-2021 season. Instead the league will limit capacity at games and make it so only 45 people on the teams’ staff including coaches and players could travel.

The league has made it so players will have to seclude themselves, not being allowed to go to bars, gyms or social gatherings of more than 15 people. In the facilities people will have to wear masks and socially distance when not playing. 

The league will have random inspections to see if the players are following the protocols. 

The league aimed for the regular season to start on December 1 but ultimately pushed the start of the regular season back to December 22.

Sanderson Senior Carter Normandy gave his thoughts on the new COVID-19 policy, “There are going to be some outbreaks but they could not create a bubble again. It is not a viable option. The sheer number of games makes doing a full season bubble too expensive and would give the players cabin fever.”

In order to limit the spread caused by games this season, the NBA has cut the schedule from 82 games to 72 games. The other biggest change has to be that the Toronto Raptors organization will not play in Toronto.

The government of Canada stated that the Raptors could not be constantly crossing the border to play. This has led the team to temporarily relocate to Tampa Bay for the season.

The whole sports world waits to see how the season proceeds without a bubble.