Nothing subjected to luck or improvisation. The NBA, one of the brands par excellence in world sport, knows that it will be played in the coming weeks and has extreme precautions to ensure the viability of the competition in a context of enormous incidence of Covid-19 in the United States. He Orlando Walt Disney World complex (Florida) has become a true bunker, where each entry and each exit is monitored to guarantee the health of players, technicians and staff of the 22 franchises that will compete in the tournament.
The space is divided into three playing fields: The Arena, VISA Athletic Center, ambas con specific training zones, and HP Field House, only intended for games. In addition, four other spaces dedicated to team training have been set up, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
The teams will stay during the rest of the regular season in three hotels: Grand Destino, Yacht Club and Grand Floridian, which will be reduced to the first once the playoffs begin. They will also have exclusive access to restaurants, leisure and hygiene spaces free of Covid-19 and must carry mask in common spaces except in training, games and lunches or dinners.
In case of a positive, the action protocol establishes that the affected person be immediately removed from the Disney World complex, before undergoing a second test to confirm the contagion, in which case an assessment of their environment will be established to control any possible source of contagion. The infected player, coach or employee must wait for a negative second to return to normal competition.
Over the past few weeks, NBA superstars have been able to adapt to what will be their living space for the next few months. Outdoor walks on the paths enabled for walking or running and leisure in bowling alleys, billiards and video game areas have made the hours when basketball does not focus the activity more bearable. Away from their families and friends, not everything has been a smooth journey in this adaptation process. Proof of this is given by Controversy over Clippers player Lou Williams’ behavior, who asked for permission to leave the ‘bubble’ because of a funeral but was photographed in an Atlanta ‘striptease’ and therefore will miss the first two games of his team to comply with the quarantine established by the protocol for these cases.