ORLANDO (AFP) – The National Basketball Association (NBA) relaunches its 2019-2020 season on Thursday (July 30) with 22 teams based inside a secure “bubble” at Disney World in Florida due to finish the remainder of the campaign.

Here AFP takes a look at a few of the essential concerns and issues surrounding the unmatched restart:


From the moment the NBA season was halted in March after the pandemic brought the United States to a grinding halt, the NBA started taking a look at the concern of how or if the season could be restarted securely.

The logistical obstacles of restarting the season in its existing format, with large travelling groups of gamers and support personnel jetting in and out of multiple cities at a time was considered a non-starter in the era of Covid-19.

Rather, the NBA began exploring the expediency of basing all groups at a single place, creating a giant quarantined safe zone or “bubble” and completing the season there.

Las Vegas and Orlando rapidly became the front-runners, with the NBA ultimately selecting the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida as the very best venue.

Twenty-two groups are now based in the school, with players needing to test unfavorable for Covid-19 two times after arrival before being enabled to enter.


Group and NBA personnel are remaining in 3 hotels dotted throughout the complex, with a small number of media, sponsors and non-active players. Games will happen without fans at 3 different venues on the complex.

In the early weeks of the restart, no visitors will be enabled although those rules will be unwinded as soon as the play-offs start.

After the very first round of the play-offs, gamers will be allowed to schedule one hotel room each for guests, who will be needed to self-quarantine for seven days. Any visitors entering the bubble must also evaluate negative twice for Covid-19 in the 72 hours before going into. Any guests testing positive will not be permitted to get in.

Those guests who are admitted will be required to go through day-to-day testing.


Players are permitted to leave the bubble in extraordinary circumstances however deal with a compulsory four days in quarantine prior to being readmitted. Players should likewise undergo day-to-day screening when they leave the website.

The guidelines have already tripped up 2 NBA players – the Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams was bought to serve a 10-day quarantine after going to an Atlanta strip club during a family emergency situation leave.

Williams was photographed at an Atlanta strip club which he said he checked out to get some take-out food.

Richuan Holmes of the Sacramento Kings was likewise hit with a 10-day quarantine order after leaving the campus to pick up a delivery of chicken wings.


LeBron James joked that leaving his house to go into the bubble was like “heading to do a quote” – a slang term for beginning a prison sentence.

But since showing up in Orlando, the majority of gamers have actually gotten used to life in their securely controlled environment. Numerous have set up animal comforts from house including giant tvs and video game consoles.

A Twitter account – @nbabubblelife – which documents the daily activities of NBA players based in Orlando has quickly amassed a large following, depicting players doing whatever from getting hairstyles to playing golf or fishing.

Regardless of being inside the bubble, gamers are still required to follow conventions such as social distancing and wearing face coverings. Players are also barred from entering each other’s spaces.


Twenty-two groups will finish the season – 13 from the Western Conference and nine from the Eastern Conference.

Invited groups include the 16 franchises who were in the play-off positions when the league halted play in March, plus 6 groups that were six games or less behind the 8th seed in each conference.

Groups will start with seeding video games to determine the last play-off line-up, with the play-offs starting on Aug 17, when each round will be finest of seven.

Eastern Conference groups: Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards.

Western Conference groups: Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Firecrackers, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Path Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns.