NBA Teams & Players Arrive at Disney Next Month
According to the Associated Press, game rooms, fishing spots, backstage tours, and golf course access will be available to the NBA players when they come to Disney in July 2020. The NBA put a hold on the season earlier this year because several players tested positive for COVID-19.
The players and teams were told about specific guidelines for restarting the season. For everyone's safety, players must wear face masks, practice social distancing, and be cautious when touching surrounding objects.
For several months, the National Basketball Player Association has been trying to figure out when the NBA season will resume. Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has given the Association advice for getting the league running again.
Union executive director Michele Roberts told the Associated Press, "My confidence, it did not exist at the beginning of this virus because I was so frightened by it. Now having lived, and breathed, and suffered through the hours and hours of understanding the virus, and listening to our experts, and comparing different alternative protocols, I can not even think of anything else we could do short of hermetically seal the players that would keep them safe.”
June 24 is the deadline for players to tell their coaches if they want to continue playing. A player does not have to participate in games at Disney, whether because of the protests or COVID-19. According to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, they lose money for each game they do not attend.
In the beginning of July is when most players will arrive in Disney for the NBA games. The Toronto Raptors, who are originally from Canada, will have pre-camp workouts with social distancing guidelines before coming to Disney.
The Canadian government has had a 14-day quarantine for citizens coming back to Canada. This has been a big concern for the Raptors' team because some of them have visited the United States and haven't been able to return to their country.