Damian Lillard expresses fear about NBA bubble, shares COVID-19 prevention plan
Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers are among the 22 teams scheduled to partake in the “bubble” games down in Orlando, Florida starting July 30.
However, Lillard is concerned about the coronavirus entering and spreading inside the “bubble.” The Blazers star talked about that and some COVID-19 prevention plans with Portland reporters on Monday.
“I feel like it’s still a possibility for something to spread within that bubble, just with there been so many people and so many different things that we’ve got to follow to be safe, even though we’re not exposed to the public,” Damian Lillard said, via NBA.com.
“So for me, it’s gonna be, ‘What time is practice? What time can I get in the weight room, What time can I get some shots up? What’s the plan for game day?’ I’m going to be in the room. I’m going to have my PS3, my PS4. I’m going to have my studio equipment, my mike, my laptop. I’m going to have all my books. I mean, that’s it. I’m going to be in the room, chillin’.”
Lillard and the Blazers have to play very well in the eight seeding games before the 2020 playoffs start. Portland has to compile a better record than the New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns in the games in order to make the postseason as the eighth seed.
It’s safe to assume that the Blazers star isn’t the only player a little scared to enter the “bubble” in Orlando, Florida, especially since the Sunshine State has been a major hotspot for COVID-19. It’s why many players have already dropped out of the games, most notably Avery Bradley, DeAndre Jordan and Davis Bertans.
Lillard and the Blazers reached the Western Conference Finals in 2019, during which they got swept by the Golden State Warriors. Portland fans are hoping the team can make the postseason again in 2020, but they are also praying all the players are safe.