NBA players will be permitted a limited amount of family members to visit them once they advance to the 2nd round of the NBA Playoffs, per ESPN’s Marc J. Spears.
The NBA players who opted into playing in the safe and secure Orlando bubble made the ultimate sacrifice by leaving their families behind to continue the 2020 Playoffs.
Players such as the Los Angeles Lakers’s Avery Bradley opted out of the bubble due to personal reasons regarding the health of their loved ones such as their children.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley has opted-out of playing in the NBA’s Orlando restart of the season, Bradley told ESPN on Tuesday night.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 24, 2020
NBA players and their mental health
It is no surprise nor is it a secret that NBA players have been struggling with their mental health every since been ‘trapped’ within this bubble.
Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George has reiterated multiple times that without the support of his family, especially during his stretch of bad performances against the Dallas Mavericks, he was in a, quote, “dark place”.
Danny Green of the Los Angeles Lakers agreed with George saying they have nothing else to do except to scroll through negative comments about them, on social media.
“You have nothing but to look at your phone on social media all day and all they’re doing is bullying you.”
Danny Green says he understands PG’s comments about mental health in the bubble. pic.twitter.com/Bi8yzDJVr5
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 28, 2020
Lebron James even posted heartwarming pictures on Instagram of his wife and 3 kids, captioning it “Miss my squad so damn much!!”
The NBA Bubble Guest Policy
ESPN’s Marc J. Spears reported moments ago that NBA players will be able to officially reunite with loved ones once they finish quarantining at the bubble.
Kyle Kuzma was already ecstatic that he would be able to welcome girlfriend Winnie Harlow to the Bubble.
NBA players whose teams have advanced to the second round of the playoffs can begin reuniting with select loved ones this week.
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) August 30, 2020
The NBA and NBPA decided that upto 3 family members will be allowed to stay at the bubble, per player. The individuals must also prove that they have “long-standing relationships” with the players.