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Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan reveals ‘overwhelming’ frustrations regarding Disney bubble


A few players have expressed their doubts about the Walt Disney World bubble environment the NBA plans to use this plan to resume its 2019-20 season. San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan has his share of “overwhelming” frustrations with the bubble, as some of the protocols simply don’t make sense when put into bigger context.

“The pingpong thing is ridiculous, to be honest,” DeRozan said on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Royce Young. “Guys can’t do this, but we can do this and battle over each other? That part just don’t make no sense to me. I got through 10 lines of the handbook and just put it down because it became so frustrating and overwhelming at times, because you just never thought you’d be in a situation of something like this. So it’s hard to process at times.”

The Spurs were one of the six non-playoff teams to be invited into the bubble and as a result, they would have to comply with several protocols to keep them safe.

Players could also be away from their families for up to three months — a challenging ask in dire times. DeMar DeRozan, who was the first player to open up about his mental health struggles, is happy to know they will be psychiatrists available

“Definitely been something in play that’s being discussed is mental well-being for everybody,” said DeRozan. “That will definitely be an option for guys, to be able to have resources there to stay on top of that. Because that’s definitely going to be a new challenge for us all.

“It’s tough. You’re taking guys that have been with their families every single day for the last few months and all of sudden, separating everybody into this one confined space and taking away a lot of joyful things we do outside of basketball. … It’ll be something for every single player when it comes to mental health.”

The NBA bubble at Disney will sure be a new experience for most players and it will come with its share of challenges. Every player must make a choice of whether or not they intend on participating, as there’s more than basketball hinging within the confines of Mickey Mouse’s world.