NBA players got their first detailed look at the league’s protocols for the Walt Disney World “bubble,” including the schedule, a set of health do’s and don’ts and how things will work if a player, for whatever reason, opts out of the NBA’s plan.
The news was laid out in a “health and safety manual.” The union also noted that everything is optional.
“It is critical that every player understand that he has the right to choose not to return to play. Any player who exercises this right will not be disciplined. To respect the decision of those who do return to play, it has been agreed that any player who chooses not to participate will have his compensation reduced by 1/92.6 for each game missed up to a cap of 14 games, even if his team plays more than 14 games in Orlando. There will be no other reductions of pay assessed (e.g., fines for missed practices) for a player’s decision not to return to play. Any player that wishes to exercise this right should notify his team of this election by June 24.”
Shams Charania posted a series of tweets on the myriad details of life within the “Bubble.”
NBA has informed all 30 teams of this entering 2019-20 resumption: "A central goal of our season restart will be to utilize the NBA's platform to bring attention and sustained action to issues of social injustice..." pic.twitter.com/qfrRms88Hi— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 16, 2020
Sources: NBA teams have been informed of required positions for 35-person traveling party: athletic trainer; strength/conditioning coach; equipment manager; team security official.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 16, 2020
Each team can include a player’s private personal trainer, massage therapist, or security.
In NBA's ORL campus:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 16, 2020
- Hotel amenities: players-only lounge (NBA 2K, TVs, gaming), pool/trails, barbers, manicurists, pedicurists
- 24-hour VIP concierge
- Daily entertainment: Movie screenings, DJ sets, video games, ping pong, pool, lawn games
- Players can attend other games
Sources: NBA has sent teams a visual of court/workout arrangements in Orlando: pic.twitter.com/sT2rtFyKXK— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 16, 2020
Sources: The NBA will have two rows on the bench:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 17, 2020
- First row: players and coaches; no mask required, but recommended that coaches wear masks
- Second row: other players and coaches; must wear masks at all times (unless active player)
Per NBA health and safety protocols for return: All players, team staff and guests will be required to certify in writing that they will adhere to all— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 17, 2020
pre-arrival rules and league rules while on campus.
Failure to comply with protocols subjects a player to potential discipline such as warning,— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 17, 2020
fine, suspension, and/or removal from the campus. https://t.co/Z36fdkOC7r
NBA protocol for positive coronavirus test result:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 17, 2020
- Enter immediate isolation/separate location — “Isolation Housing”
- Retest to confirm positive
- Exit isolation after consecutive negative tests and return to activities
Per me and @sam_amick: The NBA will create an anonymous hotline to report potential violations of protocols in Orlando.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 17, 2020
How detailed is the “manual?”
My favorite detail in the 113-page health-and-safety protocol for Orlando shared with teams in past several minutes: No doubles in ping pong. "Until directed otherwise by the NBA, players should play singles only so that they can maintain six feet of distance from each other."— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 17, 2020
Here’s an updated Nets calendar based on Tuesday’s details.
—June 20 - NBA camps re-open in team practice facilities
—June 21 - All players report to teams’ practice facility.
—June 22 - Coronavirus testing begins.
—June 22 - July 1 - Two-way contracts can be converted to standard deals and teams can add players with some restrictions.
—June 23-30- Players are expected to remain at home with their household members, only leaving for essential activities. Teams will begin mandatory COVID-19 testing of all players and staff.
—June 24 - Both NBA and WNBA players must request to be “Excused” by this date.
—July 1-9 - Individual workouts mandatory for all players. Group workouts are still prohibited for medical reasons and no more than eight players will be permitted in the team’s facility at any one time.
—July 7-11 - All 22 teams in the “bubble” travel by charter flight to Orlando (or by bus in case of Magic) in staggered sets. The Nets will stay at the Grand Floridian along with Thunder, 76ers, Rockets, Pacers, Mavericks, Grizzlies and Magic. Upon arrival, players and team staff must stay isolated in their rooms until they return two negative PCR tests at least 24 hours apart. Random anti-drug testing will resume but only for SPEDs and Diuretics. No testing will be done for recreational substances
—Early July - WNBA teams report to IMG training center in Bradenton, Florida, for training camp
—July 9-29 - Training camp at the “bubble” in Orlando opens. COVID-19 testing will continue with regular PCR testing, daily temperature checks, symptom surveys and pulse oximetry (finger clip device to measure oxygen levels) screening. Teams will play three scrimmage games against other NBA teams residing in their same hotel.
—July 22 - Players are permitted to socialize with players and team staff from hotels other than the one in which they are residing. As before, players are not permitted to enter each other’s hotel rooms due to infection concerns.
—July 30-August 14 - NBA regular season games restart at ESPN Worldwide of Sports on Walt Disney World campus outside Orlando. Nets first game will be against the Clippers.
—Late July - WNBA begins its 22-game regular season in Bradenton.
—August 3 (or 10) - Deadline for NCAA players to withdraw from Draft.
—August 15-16 - Play-in Tournament (if necessary).
—August 17 - First round of playoffs opens.
—August 25 - NBA Draft Lottery. Lottery odds will be based on March 11 records. If Nets fail to make the playoffs, they will retain their own pick, which is lottery-protected.
—Late August - A modified Draft Combine with medical testing, player interviews and, possibly, measurements.
—August 28 - Rev. Al Sharpton and George Floyd family will lead a march on Washington. Will NBA players want to attend?
—August 30 - Family/guests of teams arrive at WDW.
—August 31-September 13 - Second round of playoffs opens
—September 15-28 - Conference Finals begin
—September 30-October 13 - NBA Finals begin
—October 5 - NBA draft deadline for players to withdraw, a conflict with the NCAA
—October 13 - Last possible date for Game 7 of NBA Finals
—October 15 - NBA Draft. Team options for Garrett Temple and Theo Pinson.
—October 18 - Free agency opens. Joe Harris the Nets big free agent
—October 20 - Teams can begin signing free agents
—November 10 - Training camp for 2020-21 season opens in team practice facilities (tentative)
—December 1 - the 202-21 season opens (tentative)
- NBA lays out its vision for Disney restart to teams, players - Tim Reynolds - AP
- Inside the NBA’s 100-page safety plan: Big questions and key details - Brian Windhorst & Tim Bontemps - ESPN
- The N.B.A. Is Coming Back. There Are 113 Pages of New Rules. - Sopan Deb & Scott Cacciola - New York Times
- 24-hour VIP concierge, movies, ping-pong: Inside NBA’s bubble plan - Steve Popper - Newsday