The NBA will reportedly create an anonymous hotline to report potential violations of protocols in Orlando, Florida at the “bubble” games, per Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic.
According to the NBA health and safety protocols, all players, team staff and guests will be required to certify in writing that they will adhere to all pre-arrival rules and league rules while on the Walt Disney campus. Failure to comply with protocols subjects a player to potential discipline such as warning, fine, suspension, and/or removal from the Walt Disney campus.
Per me and @sam_amick: The NBA will create an anonymous hotline to report potential violations of protocols in Orlando.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 17, 2020
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, which would be the wretched deep nasal swab.
The 2019-20 season will restart on July 30, with 22 teams partaking in the “bubble” games. Odds are NBA players are going to listen to the rules and stay inside the bubble. COVID-19 is no joke, and it’s worth noting that it took A LOT of work for the league’s higher-ups to set up the plan of resuming basketball games.
The 22 NBA teams that will be in Orlando will play eight seeding games as selected from its remaining regular-season matchups. At the conclusion of the seeding games, the seven teams in each conference with the best-combined records across regular-season games and seeding contests will automatically qualify for the 2020 playoffs.
There is a possibility for play-in games for the No. 8 seed in each conference, but the No. 9 seed has to be within four games for that to occur.