The NBA is bringing its Playoff tournament to Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports, and while basketball fans are excited to wrap up this 2020 season, guests with plans this summer and early fall are anxious to learn more about how Disney will house and manage the influx of players, coaches, and support staff. Late last night, an ESPN report shared some information that might shed some light on what we can expect.
In an article largely focused on how the NBA will handle injuries and players who can’t play because they’ve tested positive for COVID-19, a source tells ESPN that NBA players will be “contained to three specific hotels within the Disney complex” (ESPN). Lots of speculation on the internet has named specific Walt Disney World Resorts, but those were not named in the report.
Additionally, “players will be tested for COVID-19 every night… with test results returning the next morning” according to sources. Players who test positive will not be able to return to play — hence the added concerns about how teams can manage players should their squads drop players due to injury or sickness along the way. The “advice of medical experts [is] pushing to keep the league’s personnel numbers as limited as possible within the bubble.” ESPN posits that if a team needed to pull in a player from an inactive roster, that player would be quarantined for a week in Orlando before being allowed to join practices and games.
We’ll have to wait for more confirmed details to emerge — including any Disney Resorts the NBA may use during the Playoffs, which are set to begin July 31 and may go into early-October.
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