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Proposed Entertainment for Players in NBA Bubble Sounds Like a Cruise Ship Gone Wrong

12up logo 12up 6/17/2020 Jerry Trotta
a group of men playing a game of football: NBA superstars LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo © Harry How/Getty Images NBA superstars LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo

Despite contention from several veterans around the league, including Kyrie Irving, Dwight Howard Carmelo Anthony and Avery Bradley, NBA players will be heading to Disney World in Orlando for the 22-team restart to finish the suspended 2019-20 season.

To help the invited teams cope with being in the "bubble," the NBA will reportedly allow for a multitude of amenities to be at their disposal. These will reportedly include outdoor concerts and live comedy. Additionally, the league is in discussions with Disney about potentially authorizing access to certain parks and attractions.

Shams Charania of The Athletic provided the complete outline of conveniences that will be made available to players, and to say that it's a laundry list would be an understatement. Per the insider, players will have access to pools, barbers, movie screenings, ping pong tables, manicurists and pedicurists.

There will also be a players-only lounge that features NBA 2K, televisions and other gaming systems. Most notably, however, is the fact that they will be permitted to attend other games when play resumes.

Outside of the last nugget, the provided arrangements make it seem like the NBA is headed on a luxurious cruise. Teams should almost be concerned with how many activities their players will have available to them. Perhaps the Association can say that its doing everything in its power to ensure that players are as comfortable as possible while being restricted to one location for up to three months, but this sounds a little extreme.

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