The NBA bubble food options don’t look great, but everyone’s making the best of a bad situation.
The NBA bubble, where the rest of the lengthened-yet-truncated 2020 NBA season will be concluded, has opened as teams begin training in earnest. The initial NBA bubble food reactions were…not what pro athletes are used to, but everyone’s trying to make the best of a rough situation with the COVID-19 pandemic.
For those not familiar, the 16 NBA teams currently in playoff position, along with another six that are still mathematically within range of the playoffs, will play eight games each at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, to finish out the regular season, and then the playoffs will proceed inside the bubble as well.
Players and other team personnel must stay within the bubble of the Disney campus except for certain special circumstances, like family emergencies. Players must also go through a two-day quarantine period upon NBA bubble entry or re-entry.
Some players like Willie Cauley-Stein, Spencer Dimwiddie and Thabo Sefalosha will not play for reasons that include coronavirus concerns, and reigning WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne is unsure if she will rejoin the Washington Mystics in their title defense (the WNBA bubble is also happening in Florida, at IMG Academy in Bradenton, two hours southwest of Orlando).
The NBA bubble food situation was delved into in a Delish story, after social media posts from players didn’t exactly set the world on fire.
Troy Daniels, a journeyman shooting guard with the Denver Nuggets, documented one of his quarantine meals on his Instagram story, which a Twitter account called NBA Central screenshotted and reshared. It consisted of a bag of Stacy’s pita chips, a bag of trail mix, a roll, a container each of lettuce and watermelon, and various other unidentifiable containers.
This doesn’t sound like a bad meal, really, though maybe a little low on protein. And while it isn’t ideal for a pro athlete, New York Times reporter Marc Stein says that the airline-looking meals are just temporary at the beginning of quarantine.
Still, this wasn’t enough for Sacramento Kings center/power forward Richaun Holmes, who ordered some delivery food in, accidentally crossing outside the allowed limit of the bubble, which is a really embarrassing way to have to spend another 10 days in quarantine.
While this lapse of judgement got blasted on social media, the worst part might be that his mom joined in on the chorus of humiliation.
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