USA TODAY Sports’ Mark Medina breaks down the details of the NBA bubble in Orlando.
Despite growing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Florida and Orange County, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association support the plan to resume the season next month in a bubble-like environment at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando.
Speaking with reporters on Friday for the first time since April 17, NBA Commissioner Silver called the plan to finish the season “safe and responsible” and said it will be “safer on campus than off.”
“We know that COVID-19 will be with us for the foreseeable future, and we are left with no choice but to learn to live with this virus,” Silver said. “No options are risk-free right now. … Because we cannot yet eliminate the risk of infection, establishing this new normal is not easy and requires a thorough plan and acknowledgment that the alternatives are far from perfect. Our process has been deliberate, intentional and collaborative with the PA, our teams, public-health and medical experts and government officials.