NBA Players Will Be Living (Mostly) Damn Good When the Season Resumes

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The NBA recently detailed what life will be like for players as they battle out the remainder of the 2019-20 season. πŸ’…

When NBA action resumes with a 22-team format on July 30 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida things will look a lot different for players and staff, both on and off the court.

Earlier this week, the league unveiled a 113-page health and safety protocol outlining various measures to keep the basketball "bubble" clean, including an "anonymous hotline" to report any violations of hygienic rules.

Once players arrive and make it through the 48-hour self-isolation period with two negative COVID-19 tests, life will turn into something like adult summer camp.

First, according to Shams Charania, teams will stay at three hotels based on seeding, but if players want to kick it with their friends at the other hotels, they'll have to wait until July 21 to do so.

Players and staff won't be able to go into each other's rooms at all during the regular season and playoffs.

These aren't your typical hotels, though. Each spot will come with TVs for all the gaming and NBA 2K that players' hearts desire.

If they get tired of the virtual world, they'll be able to access the private pools and trails, an on-site spa with barbers, manicurists and pedicurists, as well as a 24/7 hotel concierge.

There's more: daily movie times, DJ sets, ping pong, pool and lawn games, not to mention free tickets for players to watch any game they choose. Let's not forget the earning hundreds of thousands of dollars part either.

Beyond being separated from their families and having to wait until the end of the first round of playoffs to invite guests to the resort, players will face one unexpected piece of adversity, which is that they won't be able to play doubles in ping pong.


Last but not least, while players will be tested for performance-enhancing drugs and, of course, the coronavirus, there won't be any testing for recreational drugs.