NBA can use a “bubble” for the next season
NBPA executive director Michele Roberts believes that the NBA may need a “bubble” to get through next season.
“If tomorrow looks like today, I don’t know how we say we can do it differently.” Roberts told Tim Bontemps of ESPN. “If tomorrow looks like today and we all recognize today – and that does not speak Michele, then this is the league, together with the PA and our respective experts who say: ‘This is the way to do it’ – then it will so be the way to do it. “
Roberts was in the “bubble” when the NBA scrimmage schedule ended on July 28 and was nearing the start of the “seeding games”.
The Orlando campus remains free of new coronavirus cases as there were only two cases in total, both when the players first arrived in Orlando.
The “bubble” has been working so far and Roberts is satisfied with the conditions.
“Of course, in order to comply with health and safety protocols, I have to wear a mask and all of that, but the positive things you have to do are really simple and the facilities where players can play and train are absolutely this matches the quality they need and are used to, ”said Roberts. “In the medical facilities and doctors on campus, I am not worried that someone will get sick and cannot receive immediate health care. No, I am completely satisfied that we have developed the correct protocol.”
Roberts continued, “Nothing is perfect. Knock on wood every day and cross my fingers every day that no one has been infected since we got here. But that’s clear, we happened on the way to play. And the players are mostly cool with it. “
Roberts also mentioned that the league and union are preparing to negotiate how to deal with the decline in sales next season.
The two sides start “some high-level discussions about the potential problems,” but they are not currently an issue.
“I prefer that we take care of the only things that we need to take care of and that we deal with what is likely to reduce revenue with some ramifications,” said Roberts. “Well, no, the idea of speeding up a renegotiation of the CBA, no. That has not been addressed and, I would say, will not happen. We will do what we have to do and nothing more, and then we will continue. “
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