Clippers had several Zoom meetings before mutually deciding on heading to Orlando ‘bubble’
Before pushing through with their plans to restart the 2019-20 season in a bubble location, the NBA had several meetings with the NBAPA and the teams as well. The Los Angeles Clippers, too, had several meetings to discuss if heading to the Orlando bubble is the right choice.
According to Clippers guard Terance Mann, the team had several Zoom meetings to discuss the matter. Eventually, the Doc Rivers-coached squad mutually agreed to head to Orlando with one objective in mind: win the title.
Terance Mann said Clippers players' vote on whether to go to Orlando was "a pretty long process. We talked about it probably on 5 different occasions on Zoom to get everybody's ideas on coming out here and eventually we all got on the same page and wanted to win a championship."
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While almost all NBA fans are in favor of the 2019-20 restart, it wasn’t an easy task to accomplish. The logistics were obvious major concerns. But in addition, players are understandably concerned about their health and well-being. After all, even up to now, the coronavirus is still infecting millions of people all over the world. On top of this, protests against racial injustice spread like wildfire across the nation. Several players claimed that basketball might serve as a distraction from these critical issues. Some of the Clippers certainly thought so too as well.
Fortunately, all of these concerns were resolved through strict guidelines and other initiatives by the league. The NBA is set to return on July 30. 22 teams, including the top-seeded Clippers, will play eight more regular-season games to determine their playoff standings.
The Clippers are considered one of the elite teams in the NBA. Analysts believe that either the Clippers or the Los Angeles Lakers will represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals. Led by Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers have a legitimate shot at winning it all this year.