Meyers Leonard offers unique perspective about staying in NBA bubble
Miami Heat center Meyers Leonard says he doesn’t have any issues staying inside the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World in sunny Orlando, Florida.
During a conference call with Heat reporters on Monday, Leonard put things into perspective by telling the story of his how his brother “did two nine-month tours in Afghanistan for a lot less pay.”
“My brother did two nine-month tours in Afghanistan for a lot less pay,” Meyers Leonard said on his media call. “We’re going to be there for three or four months, max. I get it, life’s not always easy. But what do we really have to complain about?”
The Heat and the other 21 teams partaking in the “bubble” games will be staying at the Walt Disney campus in three hotels. With that said, none of the players can really complain about being stuck in the “bubble.” The hotels are all luxurious and players are getting paid millions of dollars.
Before the season was suspended in March, Leonard and the Heat were in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings behind the stellar play of All-Stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. Leonard, who is in his first season in South Beach, was putting up 6.1 points, 5.1 boards and 1.1 assists while shooting 52.0 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from beyond the arc and 65.4 percent from the free-throw line.
The Heat will take on the Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers (twice) and Oklahoma City Thunder in the seeding games before the 2020 playoffs start. Miami has already clinched a postseason spot.