Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic questions pointless parts of NBA bubble plan
Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic is having trouble understanding some of the rules the NBA has put in place down in Orlando, Florida.
While speaking to Blazers reporters on Friday, Nurkic questioned why guys can’t hang out with each other off the floor when they are going to be in close contact when the games are taking place.
“Something’s not right,” Jusuf Nurkic said, via Oregon Live.
“But at the same time, I can understand what they’re saying, why they’re saying and why they want to do the protocol they have. But I don’t think that’s realistic.”
Nurkic says the NBA will allow for games to be played, players to be in close contact sweating and breathing on each other, but then they aren’t allowed to be in each other’s rooms or play doubles ping-pong.
That’s something the Blazers big man can’t quite wrap his head around, but nevertheless, he’s ready to follow the rules so he doesn’t face any punishment.
The NBA will create an anonymous hotline to report potential violations of protocols in Orlando, Florida at the “bubble” games. NBA players have been informed that anyone who leaves the Orlando campus (without prior approval) will be subject to a 10-14 day self-quarantine, reduction in compensation for games missed and enhanced COVID-19 testing.
The Blazers will be battling it out with the Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings for the final playoff spot in the West. More likely than not, the winner will take on LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the 2020 playoffs.
Before he got hurt in 2018-19, Nurkic was averaging 15.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.4 blocks for the Blazers. Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Carmelo Anthony are thrilled to have the Bosnian Beast back in action.