NBA players show the world first look inside how the NBA bubble food would be at NBA Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Dwight Howard, PJ Tucker, Enes Kanter, DeMarre Carroll and Evan Fournier show different variety of NBA bubble food provided daily by the NBA.
July 7 marked the first day of travel for NBA teams to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, for the NBA bubble tour season restart. Arrivals will be spread out from July 7-9. The first group of teams to arrive were the Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards on Tuesday.
NBA teams scheduled to arrive on July 8 are the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder and Sacramento Kings.
The last batch of arrivals on July 9 will be the Toronto Raptors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs. Scrimmages between teams will begin on July 22, while the official season resumption tips off on July 30 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex located at Walt Disney World Resort. Nuggets guard Troy Daniels showed what players were served for dinner. A plastic bag full of NBA bubble food was dropped at his door on a tray with a menu.
NBA bubble food include a salad (fresh garden greens, arugula, watermelon, pickled red onions goat cheese and a raspberry vinaigrette), a caprese salad, grilled chicken, fish, parmesan polenta, pasta with vegetarian bolognese and roasted vegetables.
Sounds pretty good, but everything came packed individually, so it ended up looking like a fancy airline meal when all laid on the tray. You even had to assemble the components of the salad. Each team will also have a meal room that is expected to be open 24/7, and players and staffers will be able to order contactless room service via a Disney app. The NBA and Disney are also working to open restaurants on campus for limited capacities.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver is “absolutely convinced that it will be safer on this campus than off this campus,” he told TIME in June, adding: “In some ways, this is maybe a model for how other industries ultimately open.”
Besides detailing the safety protocols, the memo includes the amenities and entertainment options available to players in the “Disney World bubble.”
Teams will be split into three hotels: the Gran Destino, the Grand Floridian and the Yacht Club. The hotel placement isn’t random — it’s based on seeding, with the top teams staying at the Gran Destino, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports. (The Gran Destino is the newest hotel in Disney World, having opened in July 2019.)
Hotel amenities include a players-only lounge with TVs and gaming options, a pool, trails for running and riding bikes, barbers, and manicurists and pedicurists.
For daily entertainment, there will be movie screenings, video games, ping pong, pool and lawn games. Mental health services will also be available, plus yoga and meditation.
Specific protocols will be in place for certain activities: headsets aren’t allowed during video gaming, decks of cards will be disposed after each use and ping pong will be limited to singles matches — no doubles.
The NBA bubble food meals were more expansive than some of the photos indicated. The Wizards, for example, were delivered a meal with several options, including seafood linguine, steak with chimichurri sauce and chicken with peach BBQ sauce. NBA bubble food services should improve as initial quarantines end, but the early photos illustrate a salient point — this is not what NBA players are accustomed to on the road while staying at five-star hotels such as the Four Seasons and The Ritz-Carlton. Team executives were concerned about accommodations and how hotel space was divided among teams.
There will be glitches and issue to resolve as the NBA and its teams figure out life at Disney. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver acknowledged, “This is far from an ideal way to finish our season, and it will require tremendous sacrifices from all those involved.” This situation right now will ensure every NBA players to have their own medical insurance, health insurance and life insurance for their safety.
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