The NBA Bubble Plan is in place but the number of rising coronavirus cases in Florida is a massive point of concern for Adam Silver.
The Coronavirus Pandemic has stuck the sports industry in a way never seen before. All major leagues in America like MLS, NFL, and NBA were suspended due to the pandemic.
Out of the other leagues in the country, the NBA is the first one to resume next month at Walt Disney World, Orlando in Florida. However, the surging Coronavirus cases in Florida have raised concern on the entire ‘NBA Bubble Plan’.
NBA Players and officials concerned over the ‘NBA Bubble Plan’
Players, team officials, and the NBA are concerned with growing numbers of coronavirus cases in Florida, with things getting worse with every passing day.
Memphis’ point guard Justise Winslow posted on Instagram: “This (expletive) ain’t even about basketball or our safety anymore. All The Benjamins baby. Not sure if they really care if we get corona”. He tagged the NBA and National Basketball Players Association.
The NBA has made all the possible arrangements and also has issued a 100-page guidebook on “Health Protocols” that the players and team officials have to follow keeping in mind the coronavirus.
New daily record of COVID cases today in Florida. Just like Friday. Just like Thursday. It’s a roller coaster off its rails.
The NBA will call this plan off in less than 10 days. They can’t go. They won’t go. An 11-12 week bubble? For 1200+ players/staff? Pick a new spot. NOW.
— Greg Brady (@gregbradyTO) June 20, 2020
NBA spokesman Mike Bass said that the league is “closely monitoring the data in Florida and Orange County and will continue to work collaboratively with the National Basketball Players Association, public health officials and medical experts regarding our plans”.
Adam Silver was quoted(by ESPN) as being tensed in his answers about the rising cases in Florida. However, the NBA is confident that the players will be flown into the bubble with utmost safety measures and all health precautions will be taken care of within the bubble in Disney World.
Coronavirus cases rapidly rising in Florida
Florida recorded the most number of cases on Saturday, for the third consecutive day. 4,049 new cases were recorded on Saturday breaking the previous record of 3,822 set on Friday in a single day. Florida is slowly approaching to become the national hot spot along with Texas and Arizona, states that are also seeing an increase in active coronavirus cases.
Florida gradually reopened the activities in the state but it seems that the plans are not working.
The state reports 93,797 active corona cases with 3,144 deaths and the number is constantly increasing.
Will the NBA Bubble Plan move away from Florida?
As far as the current situation goes, Adam Silver and the NBA feel that with players not flying into Orlando commercially, things should be in under control. But if the cases in Florida keep rising as they are currently, the NBA might be forced to look into a contingency plan and take the bubble elsewhere. But is that even possible? We’ll have to wait and see.