Raymond Felton claims Orlando bubble is ‘not safe’
Even though veteran point guard Raymond Felton is not currently employed by a NBA franchise, he has spent 14 seasons atop the highest level and definitely knows a thing or two about how the game works. With his playing future now as uncertain as it ever has been, there is no doubt that Felton would like to keep playing — whether or not that means suiting up at the NBA threshold.
However, despite the fact that Felton would like to return to the NBA, the longtime signal caller doesn’t feel as though the league’s “bubble” situation is the safest scenario with the “coronavirus” pandemic still ongoing.
“Now, you’re going to put everyone together all in one place and play these games? To me, man, it’s just not safe,” Felton recently told Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype.com. “I ain’t no expert on this. But, in my opinion, it’s not safe. I’m just not 100-percent comfortable with playing right now because it’s not okay. The cases are steady going up. And they’re going to Florida, which is one of the worst places to go at this moment! I don’t know, man. It’s kind of tough for me. I do want to play. I do love to play basketball, and I’m ready to play and want to play. But it’s a tough situation right now, man. It really is.”
Felton was originally selected by the Charlotte Bobcats with the No. 5 overall pick in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft out of North Carolina. In addition to suiting up for the Bobcats, the 36-year-old Felton has also played for the New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder. Felton became an unrestricted free agent back on July 1, 2019 and has not latched on with a NBA team since.