- How the NBA bubble has taken shape in Disney World
- Disney's complex offers relative isolation
- Masks and social distancing
- Testing, testing, testing
- Keeping transmission to a minimum
- Planning for the unexpected
- Continuously evolving plan
- The NBA Bubble Sounds the Strangest Summer Camp Ever
- The best of SI
- Around the sports world
- Not sports
- A good song
- Inside the bubble for the NBA’s one-of-a-kind Disney restart
- Quarantine is over
- Boundaries in place
- Check out the NBA Disney World bubble in augmented reality:
- NBA bubble, explained: A complete guide to the rules, teams, schedule & more for Orlando games
- What is the NBA bubble?
- Where is the NBA bubble?
- NBA bubble teams
- Eastern Conference
- Western Conference
- Eastern Conference
- Western Conference
- COVID-19 testing
- Protocols for positive COVID-19 test
- Number of people per team
- Guests in the NBA bubble
- Leaving the NBA bubble
- Food in the NBA bubble
How the NBA bubble has taken shape in Disney World
From the relative isolation at the Walt Disney World Resort to dozens of pages of policies and procedures, the NBA is constructing a social bubble in the Orlando area to protect its teams and the 2019-20 season from COVID-19.
Overall, health experts have praised the NBA’s return-to-play guidelines. Yet they also expressed concerns, including testing frequency, uniformity of testing kits and length of isolation periods.
“I haven’t seen anything that’s this comprehensive from anyone,” Dr. Rishi Desai, the chief medical officer at Osmosis and an infection disease physician, told USA TODAY Sports in June. “Not just the federal government – I haven’t seen state governments put anything out this comprehensive and haven’t seen any industry that’s put out something this comprehensive.”
Disney's complex offers relative isolation
Few places could offer the 22 teams and NBA staff as many playing facilities, rooms and amenities with minimal exposure to the public. The NBA's multiyear TV contract with ESPN – owned by Disney – probably didn't hurt either.
The resort's 220-acre ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has more than a dozen practice courts and enough game-quality courts to play and broadcast three games at once, though that's not currently planned.
The 22 teams will each play eight seeding games starting July 30 to determine the final standings and who makes the playoffs. You can search, sort or scroll through all 88 seeding games below.
Scheduling has been one strategy the NBA has employed to reduce the number of potential contacts.
Family and guests won't be welcomed to the resort until the seeding games and first round of the playoffs are completed.
That keeps potentially infected guests outside the NBA's bubble for more than seven weeks. During that time, more than half of the invited teams will be eliminated in the seeding round or playoffs.
The NBA has made a similar calculation with the teams' accommodations.
The teams no longer have home-court advantage. Nor will they have fans in the stands. But they were assigned to one of three deluxe hotels the current standings in each conference.
The ly championship contenders – who will probably spend much of the three months together – will stay at the Gran Destino Tower at Coronado Springs, middle seeds will stay at the Grand Floridian, and playoff bubble teams will stay at the Yacht Club.
A recent study showed that limiting the connections in a population helps to slow the transmission of a virus.
Masks and social distancing
Just because NBA players, coaches and staff members are inside the bubble, the precautions and advice is generally what the CDC suggests for those of us outside their bubble.
According to the NBA’s 113-page health and safety protocol document, masks are required in every public situation except practices and games.
Even during games, though, most of the people attending will be required to wear some kind of face covering.
Testing, testing, testing
In the two weeks before the players traveled to Orlando, the NBA required they had to be tested for the coronavirus.
As they arrived in a staggered three-day period from July 7 to 9, each player was to quarantine in his room for more than 24 hours and complete two negative COVID-19 tests.
After the initial tests, players and staff will “undergo regular coronavirus testing as determined by the NBA in consultation with its medical experts and the (National Basketball Players Association).”
The NBA also says players and staff will be monitored daily:
- Checking body temperature.
- Asked about potential COVID-19 symptoms.
- Monitored by a finger ring – if the player or staff member is interested – to detect any changes in heart rate.
The NBA says there's no opting out on monitoring for players, staff or guests and says anyone who refuses “will be prohibited from engaging in group activities until the monitoring is accomplished and/or may be required to leave the campus permanently.”
Keeping transmission to a minimum
Disney employees will be routinely cleaning public spaces such as elevators, lobbies and handrails.
Disney will also staff takeout restaurants with the same employees to eliminate staff turnover. They will all be required to wear masks and gloves while staying at least six feet apart.
To reduce any other potential transmission during their free time, the NBA even suggests players throwing away a deck of cards after every use.
Planning for the unexpected
“They’re taking the right approach,” UNLV assistant professor of health Brian Labus told USA TODAY in June. “Though they will have some challenges when they actually start to implement it, everything looks good on paper.”
One of the big X-factors in maintaining the NBA bubble is the Disney staff members. They won't be required to stay inside the bubble but will be helping the players, coaches and other staff on a daily basis.
“I don’t think any reasonable person would say that was a real possibility. You’re talking about hundreds, maybe thousands, of workers in these hotels that would never see their family for three months,” said Eric Clinton, the president of UNITE HERE Local 362, which oversees the custodians and ride operators at Disney World.
The union and NBA have agreed on multiple safeguards. Said Clinton: “They’re going to be scheduled and trained in a way not to interact with the players as much as possible.”
Housekeeping staff will be assigned to a specific set of floors at each hotel. Clinton added that there will be specific housekeeping staff devoted to NBA personnel at the Grand Floridian and a different set of staff devoted to timeshare customers.
They will also be monitoring and asking the staff to monitor their own health on a daily basis.
So employees do not feel pressured to work with any illnesses, Disney will pay them for sick days. Disney will also pay any employees who have to self-quarantine should they be diagnosed with COVID-19, regardless of where it originated.
Continuously evolving plan
Regardless, the NBA said in its health and safety protocols that the league, players union and Disney “will continue to monitor the ongoing coronavirus situation, including as local, state and national public health recommendations evolve, new or different technologies become available (e.g., related to diagnostic testing or contact tracing), and emerging evidence continues to inform best practices for prevention, control, and mitigation strategies.”
“We are continuing to work with Disney on the testing of at least a subset of their employees that could potentially be in the same room with our players and anyone else who’s tested daily on our campus,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in June. “So we are satisfied that once we work through those additional measures with Disney, we will continue to have a safe setting for us to resume our season.”
The NBA Bubble Sounds the Strangest Summer Camp Ever
The NBA’s plan to resume the season in Orlando sounds a lot sending the players to basketball camp—except they could be there for a long time.
The league sent a memo Tuesday night to teams and players outlining the plans for the Disney campus environment. Teams will stay at one of three hotels and won’t be allowed to leave the resort except on team-sponsored excursions or under preapproved circumstances.
The health and safety manual distributed to players clocks in at a whopping 113 pages.
That’s a lot of rules! It lays out procedures for coronavirus testing, plans for if and when someone on campus tests positive and all the measures designed to decrease the risk of transmission inside the hotels.
The broad strokes are that everyone has to wear a mask inside unless they’re in their own room or eating. (If anybody is seen breaking the rules, people are encouraged to report it to a hotline.)
But it goes much deeper than that. The league really did think of everything. According to The Athletic, while the common areas of the hotels will have video game stations, card tables and Ping-Pong for players, you can’t wear a headset while playing video games, a new deck of cards will be opened for each game and games of doubles Ping-Pong are outlawed.
It sounds a stressful experience, made even more stressful by the fact that they’ll be trying to win an NBA championship. The league is trying to alleviate some of that stress by providing amenities in the hotels ( the players-only lounge with video games and card tables) and allowing for field trips to go fishing, bowling and golfing. It really is a fancy summer camp.
But will the amenities be enough to keep players entertained and help maintain their sanity? These are guys who are used to getting top-notch treatment at the hottest restaurants and clubs in their cities. A lot of their houses have better amenities than Disney hotels.
And now you’re asking them to stay sequestered in a resort until perhaps as late as mid-October? One of the potential team outings, according to The Athletic, is a trip to Disney’s “NBA Experience,” which is where fans can pretend to be NBA players by going through mock scouting combine drills and posing for photos dunking on a hoop of adjustable height. That’s cool if you’re 14, but not if you’re actually in the league.
NBA players are giving up a lot to get the season up and running again and provide some much-needed entertainment for a beleaguered nation. I appreciate them doing so, but I also hope they tweet constantly about what life is inside the bubble.
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Inside the bubble for the NBA’s one-of-a-kind Disney restart
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — It’s been three weeks since I arrived on the Walt Disney World campus in preparation for the NBA restart. I was one of two media members allowed into the bubble two weeks before the rest of the media contingent and a week before teams arrived.
The league permitted early entrance to two of its broadcast partners: Turner and ESPN.
I’m a full-time Yahoo Sports employee, but I’m also one of TNT’s sideline reporters. In late June, Turner asked if I would be willing to go to the bubble early. I asked when, and the response was in a few days.
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Suddenly, I’m making family arrangements and packing for a three-month period in a matter of two days. The plan was to get there early to quarantine in order to be cleared to report on air upon the teams arriving on campus.
Gone ’til October.
I was quarantined for seven days: three days at the Wyndham Grand at Bonnet Creek and the final four days at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in the Casitas area. The Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics would eventually arrive at the same resort, staying at the Gran Destino Tower.
The first three days weren’t so restrictive.
I was shuttled to Disney’s Yacht Club Resort for daily COVID-19 testing and then immediately transported back. The test results were emailed within 12 hours. I had never been tested prior. Waiting for those results was scary.
I would open up the email and brace myself each time. I always tested negative.
The anxiety I experienced from getting that “Lab Results Available” email lasted for about the first four or five days until I was told that if I had tested positive, I wouldn’t be getting an email — I’d be getting a visit from a physician.
So then I knew when I saw the email, I was good.
The NBA will resume its season at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney. (Credit: mpi34/MediaPunch /IPX)
There wasn’t room service at the Wyndham because of the threat of contracting the coronavirus, so I was allowed to venture my room and visit one of the two restaurants in the hotel.
I could take my food to go or dine in with proper social distancing. The fitness room was open with the protocol being only four to five individuals allowed at one time. After testing negative for three consecutive days, I was moved to my permanent lodging at Coronado Springs to finish out the remainder of my seven-day quarantine.
That’s when things tightened up.
The only time I was allowed to leave my room was to get tested. No exercise, no getting some fresh air, no nothing. The testing station is in the Gran Destino Tower. It’s about a five-minute walk.
To get as much exercise as I could, I would sprint to get tested and sprint back. But on the final day of quarantine, I realized I was shortening the time I had to enjoy the outdoors.
So I moseyed over on the last day.
The food delivered during quarantine was not to my liking. If you all different forms of chicken, well, this was for you. I’ll leave it at that. But the three meals were always delivered on time and I was provided with ample amounts of water and snacks.
Quarantine is over
This is where the guinea-pig process began.
Here I am sharing the same hallways, restaurants, pathways, jogging trails, gift shops and testing center as the players and staff. I was told repeatedly before accepting the assignment that I was to refrain from interacting or engaging with players and staff outside of media-access windows.
Those were the rules, so I followed them.
The problem is, players know me and thus naturally would approach and engage in conversation. Awkwardly, I’m having a chat with LeBron James, Donovan Mitchell and others right in front of NBA personnel.
The league understands the relationship dynamic some media members have with certain players, so it didn’t hold those interactions against me. The way I looked at it was: If a player, coach or executive stopped me to chat, how am I in the wrong? Again, the league understood.
But over the course of the two weeks, restrictions were put in place the blue. A few areas we were allowed to frequent were abruptly off limits. Scenes we were told we could shoot were nixed.
The goalposts kept moving and it became frustrating at times, but in fairness, I was a test case and the league was learning the lay of the land and trying to implement the safest health and privacy measures possible on the fly.
It was a cool experience to see the comings and goings of players throughout the resort, but it wasn’t ideal for me.
The teams were told that players and media would be separated, and the access I had around the entire resort conflicted with that agreement.
Furthermore, I was a little uncomfortable for them having to be in my presence. Being in the same venue with them — all the time, at all hours of the day — I didn’t want to come off I was just a reporter looking for my next story. The players need their space to operate freely without fear of being watched.
The atmosphere is that of an AAU circuit, with teams walking in small groups from place to place, and some players hanging with those from other teams.
As Yahoo Sports’ Vince Goodwill proposed, the circumstances could allow the groundwork for the next NBA super team.
Occasionally, there are a few players strolling the bubble without masks, and social-distancing practices could be better.
The league has received violation complaints from a mix of players and staff on the anonymous tip hotline — dubbed the “snitch line.” The league has taken these matters seriously and teams have been warned to follow the safety protocols to better ensure the protection of everyone on campus.
Boundaries in place
The other media members cleared quarantine Sunday, but the league will now have boundaries put in place. The access I once had to roam freely across the resort is gone. Media members will now be confined to the residence space.
Testing will either be in hotel rooms or in a designated place in our area. The cafe and restaurants I shared with the teams are no more. Our three meals will be available at a location to be determined.
In fact, in order to get to practices in the convention center — which is a minute walk from our hotel — we now have to take a shuttle from the back of our premises that will unload us all in front of the convention center. This is to keep us from the route of the players and staff.
We do have a fitness center and a pool.
It was quite an experience the last three weeks. To paraphrase Aladdin, we're going to see a whole new bubble.
It was fun while it lasted.
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NBA bubble, explained: A complete guide to the rules, teams, schedule & more for Orlando games
The NBA bubble seemed a ridiculous concept when introduced months ago as the league weighed options to restart its 2019-20 season. Hundreds of NBA players in the same place, all but shut off from the rest of the world, for almost three months?
Yet here we are, with the NBA bubble seeming a viable — albeit, wacky — solution to the problems associated with playing professional sports during a global pandemic.
There's no telling how the situation inside the NBA bubble will evolve as it relates to COVID-19, but the league at least was able to bring the 22 teams it invited to Orlando into the bubble in a relatively safe manner. In order for the league to keep the season going and to complete a full slate of playoff games, though, the rules of the NBA bubble will need to be followed closely.
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If it works, the NBA bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., will be the site of every game on the NBA schedule through early October. And a 2019-20 NBA champion will be crowned in a relatively empty arena with no fans present.
Some view the situation as illegitimate and worthy of an asterisk next to the name of the team that wins this year's NBA championship. Others view it as a unique challenge, and that this year's champion will wear the title a badge of honor given the circumstances.
Either way, it's amazing that the NBA has been able to pull this off. Here's all you need to know about the measures the league took to form the NBA bubble in Orlando. Details of the NBA's bubble protocols are from ESPN, which obtained the 100-plus-page document the league sent to its players.
What is the NBA bubble?
The concept is simple. The NBA figured, as long as it could get all players, coaches and team/league personnel packed into one place — with COVID-19 testing assuring that none have been infected with the virus, of course — and not let any non-essential people in, it could preserve the health and safety for all involved.
This is why the NBA felt comfortable pressing forward with the bubble in Orlando even as coronavirus cases in Florida spiked over the summer. In theory, that shouldn't matter, because nobody other than those who have been invited and tested are allowed to enter the bubble, anyway.
Nobody from the 22 teams (more on those later) that were invited to resume the NBA season in the bubble were required to participate, as people who are determined by the team or by medical experts to be high risk for COVID-19 are protected/excused and will not lose salary. Players who opt out but are not deemed high risk lose the corresponding number of game checks up to a cap of 14 games.
Several NBA players, including some big names, opted the situation before their teams left for the NBA bubble for varying reasons.
Teams arrived in the NBA bubble on July 7 as they prepared for the resumption of the season on July 30.
If the NBA bubble works, and if the playoffs reach Game 7 of the NBA Finals, the last group of players, coaches and team/league personnel will have stayed in the bubble through Oct. 12. That's … a long time.
Naturally, players, coaches and team personnel are allowed to leave the bubble once they are eliminated from contention.
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Where is the NBA bubble?
The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., at least for a few months, is simply the NBA bubble.
The ESPN-NBA connection aside, the Walt Disney World Resort presented the league a uniquely qualified infrastructure that made the bubble concept viable.
Not only is the place big enough to contain all essential NBA team and league personnel, but with security, it can be isolated from the surrounding area relatively easily.
Disney World, of course, wasn't hosting guests amid the COVID-19 pandemic, anyway, so it became a logical deal for both sides.
NBA games in the bubble are being played in three different arenas at the complex. Limited media, team executives, NBA/union personnel and inactive players are allowed in the stands, but other than a couple sponsors here and there, no fans are allowed to attend.
Team/league personnel are staying in three different hotels — The Gran Destino Tower at Coronado Springs, the Grand Floridian and the Yacht Club — on campus. Hotels were assigned to teams their places in the NBA standings, with the top four seeds in each conference getting rooms at the top-of-the-line Gran Destino Tower.
Most of the amenities at the massive resort, including pools, golf courses and lounges, are available for anybody on campus to use.
NBA bubble teams
- 22 total teams
- 13 from West
- 9 from East
The list of NBA bubble teams consists of the 16 teams that were in the playoffs NBA standings when the season was suspended in March, plus the six teams that were six games or fewer behind the eighth seed in their respective conferences. Those six teams are the Pelicans, Trail Blazers, Suns, Kings, Spurs and Wizards.
Below are the 22 teams in the NBA bubble the standings when the season resumed.
- Milwaukee Bucks (53-12)
- Toronto Raptors (46-18)
- Boston Celtics (43-21)
- Miami Heat (41-24)
- Indiana Pacers (39-26)
- Philadelphia 79ers (39-26)
- Brooklyn Nets (30-34)
- Orlando Magic (30-35)
- Washington Wizards (24-40)
- Los Angeles Lakers (49-14)
- Los Angeles Clippers (44-20)
- Denver Nuggets (43-22)
- Utah Jazz (41-23)
- Oklahoma City Thunder (40-24)
- Houston Rockets (40-24)
- Dallas Mavericks (40-27)
- Memphis Grizzlies (32-33)
- Portland Trail Blazers (29-37)
- New Orleans Pelicans (28-36)
- Sacramento Kings (28-36)
- San Antonio Spurs (27-36)
- Phoenix Suns (26-39)
- Charlotte Hornets (23-42)
- Chicago Bulls (22-43)
- New York Knicks (21-45)
- Detroit Pistons (20-46)
- Atlanta Hawks (20-47)
- Cleveland Cavaliers (19-46)
- Minnesota Timberwolves (19-45)
- Golden State Warriors (15-50)
In order to be invited the the NBA bubble in Orlando, teams had to be either in a playoff seed or within six games of the eighth seed their respective conferences. So the seasons for the Hornets, Bulls, Knicks, Pistons, Hawks, Cavaliers, Timberwolves and Warriors ended prematurely.
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Upon arrival at the NBA bubble, every player, coach and staff member had to self-isolate in their rooms for up to 48 hours until they received two negative COVID-19 tests.
COVID-19 testing is done “regularly” inside the bubble, although the league has not specified exactly how often players are tested. Unique circumstances do lead to daily testing for some.
The NBA and NBPA announced on July 13 that two players 322 inside the bubble had tested positive and that those players had left the campus to isolate at home. On July 29, the league announced no new players had tested positive for two weeks.
The NBA has not said how many players would need to test positive inside the bubble in order to force a halt to the season, but “the occurrence of a small or otherwise expected number of COVID-19 cases will not require a decision to suspend or cancel the resumption.”
Protocols for positive COVID-19 test
Those who test positive for the coronavirus inside the bubble will go through a multi-step process, outlined by ESPN:
- They will be placed in 'Isolation Housing,' which will be a house, hotel or other facility that is different from the individual's previous hotel room, at a location in which no individuals who have not tested positive are residing.
- They will be administered a second COVID-19 test as soon as possible to guard against the possibility of a false positive. If that second test comes back positive, the person will remain in isolation housing.
- If the second test comes back negative, a third test will be administered between 24 and 48 hours after the first test. If that test also comes back negative, the person will be allowed to reenter the NBA campus. If it comes back positive, the person will remain in isolation.
The period of treatment and isolation for players who test positive is a minimum of 14 days.
Per the CDC's guidelines, a player who tests positive and is eventually cleared will need to go through cardiac screening either two weeks after the first positive test (if he is asymptomatic) or two weeks after his symptoms clear. The player needs to pass the cardiac screening before he can return to play.
If somebody tests positive, the NBA will use video technology in an effort to trace that person's recent interactions. Anybody who had been in close contact with the individual for at least 15 minutes or had direct contact will be tested.
Number of people per team
Initially, teams were permitted to have no more than 37 people in the NBA bubble, including players, coaches, trainers, strength coaches, equipment managers, security and front-office personnel. That will be the number through the “regular season” (more on the schedule later) and into the playoffs.
However, teams are able to add people if and when they advance in the playoffs. If a team makes it past the first round, it can add two staff members, and then another pair if the team reaches the conference finals.
Guests in the NBA bubble
Nobody in the NBA bubble is allowed to have guests — at least not yet. Things will change once the playoffs arrive.
After the first round, each of the eight teams remaining will be allowed to reserve up to 17 hotel rooms, or however many players the team has on campus, for guests, one guest room per player. The guest rooms will be paid for by the players.
The NBA and National Basketball Players Association later negotiated new terms that, per ESPN, will “allow as many as four guests per player” with “exceptions for children” in those 17 hotel rooms.
Non-family guests who are allowed to enter the bubble must have proof of “longstanding relationships” with the player, and those with business relationships agents, trainers, chefs, etc.
, are not permitted.
Naturally, the NBA has strict protocols for would-be guests. Potential guests must self-quarantine for a week (either a full week in the bubble, or three days outside and four days inside) before they can be cleared.
The guests who do make it into the NBA bubble will have to undergo daily COVID-19 testing for four days, and anybody who tests positive will be subject to the league's protocol for everybody else in the bubble.
Each guest is allowed one ticket per playoff game with an extra seat available for children 32 inches or shorter.
Leaving the NBA bubble
Players technically are allowed to leave the bubble whenever they want, but unless it's an excused absence, doing so is not a good idea.
If anybody leaves the NBA bubble without the league's approval and wants to get back in, that person will have to go through a minimum of a 10-day quarantine and deep nasal COVID-19 testing rather than the less intrusive shallow nasal or oral testing.
A player who leaves the NBA bubble without being excused also will get reduced pay for any game he has to miss as a result of his departure.
Those who are excused to leave the NBA bubble for family emergencies, etc., must spend four days in quarantine upon re-entry, but only if they tested negative for COVID-19 every day they were outside of the bubble.
Food in the NBA bubble
Each team has its own food room, complete with a chef, that is open 24 hours a day. Players also can order room service, and they eventually will be able to have meals at some of the restaurants on the Disney campus.
When players arrived and entered the NBA bubble in early July, it didn't take long for several to complain about the food. (It's worth noting that the food options reportedly improved after the 48-hour initial quarantine period.)