There are all sorts of frustrations that are expected to come with the NBA’s bubble plan for the season restart in Orlando.
Stephen A. Smith argued on “First Take” Tuesday that NBA players might not be able to last three weeks – let alone three months – without being able to have sex.
“Do we really think the ‘recreational activities’ that these guys are accustomed to are going to be compromised for three months?” Smith asked. “I mean, somebody’s gotta say it.
“You really, really think somebody’s gonna be without their wives or their woman? The guys that are married without their wives, the guys that ain’t married without their woman. You really, really think they’re honoring a bubble for three months?”
Under the NBA’s safety protocol, players aren’t allowed to bring a plus-one until after the first round in order to keep risks of a coronavirus outbreak to a minimum.
Family members that are permitted after the first round will have to quarantine for three days in another part of Orlando before they can enter the NBA’s Walt Disney World bubble, per the New York Times.
Players are not prevented from leaving the campus, but they would have to quarantine upon returning, so it is not expected that they will do so.
The NBA’s 113-page health and safety protocol guidelines say that families can do the three-day quarantine in their home state, but it must be overseen by the team and all immediate family members must be tested for COVID-19.
The restart of the 2019-20 season is slated to resume on July 30, with the finals going no later than Oct. 13.