The day has finally arrived for the Clippers to head to Orlando to officially resume the NBA season. Unfortunately, they will be leaving Los Angeles without Landry Shamet, who tested positive for the coronavirus, which caused the team to shut down its practice facility this past week.
Adam Silver spoke with Fortune Brainstorm Health on Tuesday about the safety precautions the league is taking within the Disney World campus site. He reiterated that players and staff members should be safer within the bubble than outside of it, but he was sober about the potential of the bubble to burst if any individuals unknowingly bring the coronavirus to Orlando despite rigorous testing.
“I’m confident based on the positive cases we are seeing from our players and the general public around the country that it will be safer on this campus than off this campus in part because we are going to be doing daily testing. But again, this virus has humbled many, so I am not going to express any higher level of confidence than we are following the protocols, and we hope it works as we designed it.”
Silver said that the league will shut down again if there is “significant spread” of the virus, but declined to specify what would qualify as significant.
Six teams arrived at the Disney World site today, including the Orlando Magic, who had the shortest trip and took a bus ride to get there. Let’s hope for everyone’s health and safety during this process as we prepare for a smooth return to basketball.
More news for Wednesday:
- Ben Cohen has a powerful argument on why this is the most important week of the NBA season.
- Players had an orientation last week about life on the campus site, which specified the procedures for if and when anyone leaves the bubble. Dan Woike gathered some final thoughts from players and executives before arrival.
- The league released its rules for replacement players during the seeding games and postseason. Of note is that an injured player cannot be replaced, only those who test positive for the coronavirus.
- The Nets were supposed to arrive in Orlando on Tuesday, but their roster has been ravaged by the virus and other injury and health concerns. Here is who is currently making the trip.
- Baxter Holmes spoke with doctors and trainers to figure out how long it will take for NBA players to get back into game shape.
- Tim MacMahon has a detailed look at the relationship between Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert and how it evolved after the two both tested positive for the coronavirus in March.
- Marc Stein went deep on NBA teams finally being able to return to practice, once they get past quarantine. As Doc Rivers told him, “We have to get there. You’re almost nervous about that.”
- Ethan Strauss examined what the NBA can learn from The Basketball Tournament. Don’t forget: Jamil Wilson and Diamond Stone’s teams are still alive.
- Ivica Zubac is taking advantage of option to personalize his jersey with a social justice message. His jersey will say “ENOUGH”.