VIDEO: Kendrick Perkins rips Joel Embiid over coronavirus concerns
On Tuesday, Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid expressed some concerns over the NBA “bubble” at Disney World in Orlando, questioning whether or not it will actually be safe. The Sixers star even went as far to say that he “hated” the idea.
ESPN analyst and former NBA center Kendrick Perkins did not take Embiid’s comments too kindly, saying that the All-Star should just go out and play ball like players on other contenders.
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There were legitimate questions as to whether or not the NBA would resume its season at all in the wake of the crisis, but last month, the league agreed to restart its campaign at Disney World at the end of July.
In order to make the environment as safe as possible, the league invited only 22 teams to the season’s resumption, with the eight clubs that were already far out of playoff contention being eliminated. The Sixers were included in the NBA squads invited back to restart the season, as they were in sixth place in the East standings at 39-26 before the season was suspended.
There will be eight “seeding” games followed by the postseason. For what it’s worth, Joel Embiid and his Sixers have already clinched a playoff spot and would only be fighting for playoff positioning.
Of course, the NBA has implemented a very strict protocol for the players to follow in order to best prevent any of them contracting the coronavirus.
Embiid is not the only player who has voiced his concerns about individuals not adhering to the bubble protocol, but as Perkins noted, the players who have spoken out have not been members of what most consider to be championship-contending teams.