The NBA’s initiative of setting up a hotline for anyone to report violations within the bubble has not exactly been met with open arms by some players. Take for instance Milwaukee Bucks guard Donte DiVincenzo, who himself recently explained why he does not expect to use the snitch hotline himself.
According to DiVincenzo, he believes that the mere fact that everyone has a keen awareness of what should and should not be done within the bubble makes the hotline a bit of an overkill:
“I probably won’t use it,” said DiVincenzo, via Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We’re taking every precaution following all the protocols, so I think we’re worried about ourselves, and we’re not worried about anything else.
“We trust the NBA. We trust the protocols in place. We trust ourselves. So, getting into it with other teams, and calling hotlines… I think we’re just policing ourselves to kind of focus in ourselves – and if we follow it, I think we feel good about everything. It’s not about getting into it with other teams.”
To be fair to DiVincenzo, he does have a point. However, this is under the presumption that everyone within the bubble not only has a full understanding of the protocols that are in place, but also has every intention to follow them to a tee.
For their part, the NBA is doing everything it can to ensure the health and safety of everyone within the bubble. Frankly speaking, we cannot expect every single person inside the bubble to be completely compliant to the stern measures that are in place, and more likely than not, there will be guys who will make some violations. This is exactly why the hotline is in place.