Report: What NBPA thinks about sending ‘Delete 8’ NBA teams to Disney bubble
Previous reports suggested that the NBA has been considering bringing the “Delete Eight” teams into the Disney World bubble in Orlando, Florida. However, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is apparently shutting down the idea, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
One resolution the NBA is considering is to open voluntary workouts at their respective team facilities:
The NBPA has no interest in that idea, sources said. It’s a non-starter. The inevitable solution for the eight teams left out of Orlando: The NBA and NBPA agreeing upon voluntary workouts in the team facilities, sources said.
Still, some teams aren’t fully convinced how this could help them in the long run. The eight eliminated teams expressed their interest in having some sort of competitive games in between, which is why ideas of another bubble began to surface. Some executives have voiced their concerns on the lengthy layover, especially now that the 2020-21 NBA season will likely be delayed:
“We are looking at nine months between games now, and if the season is delayed, we are looking at possibly a full year between competitive games,” one GM told ESPN on Friday. “That’s unprecedented in the history of the sport. We deserve help here.”
Finishing the 2019-20 NBA season and keeping the competing teams in a safe environment has been the top priority of the league since the pandemic started. However, there are still eight other teams they need to look out for.
Nonetheless, the NBPA is right in dismissing the idea of bringing in the “Delete Eight” when the eliminated teams head out of Orlando. It doesn’t make sense for the league to do this since the bubble has been successful so far in keeping the environment safe. Bringing in more people from the outside would only increase risks and complications as the playoffs begin, and there are likely a good amount of players who wouldn’t want to do this.