The NBA has undertaken a considerable amount of work to create their bubble. The league saw the bubble as an essential part of restarting the season and finishing the playoffs. With all remaining teams and staff sequestered at Disney World hotels, the league believes it can safely resume play (along with additional testing protocols and a ring).
But the bubble…well, players are certainly adapting in different ways. The meals, in the beginning, were a little lacking. Players took to social media roasting the food and fans immediately made Fyre Fest comparisons. Some players whined about their accommodations, but former player Jay Williams released a pretty lengthy statement about how tone-deaf players sound when they complain.
And, according to a report in The Athletic, the league is using an anonymous tip line to report bubble violations. Players are not allowed to leave the Disney World campus for any reason (without clearing it with the league, star Zion Williamson left the bubble for a family emergency, and will quarantine upon return). Players are also not allowed to visit each other’s rooms but are able to socialize in some socially-distant ways.
Still, the tipline, which has been christened the “snitch hotline” by NBA players is already blowing up. Some players have received warnings and a few have even had to go back to quarantine. Kelly Oubre Jr., a small forward for the Phoenix Suns, had tweeted encouraging all NBA players to use Postmates if they disliked the food available to them, saying ‘they will deliver right to the hotel.’
Sacramento Kings player Richaun Holmes took Oubre’s advice and got Postmates delivered, and then was forced to do a 10-day quarantine for accidentally crossing the line to pick up his food and “breaking the bubble.” Oubre quickly took back his advice on Twitter with a simple “nevermind lol.”
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— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) July 13, 2020
— t$unami (@KELLYOUBREJR) July 12, 2020
And Holmes’ mom wasn’t happy about the forced quarantine either, saying on twitter to him that he should only cross the line for his momma’s cooking and that she wasn’t in Florida.
— Dr. Lydecia Holmes (@DrLydecia) July 13, 2020
Some players are cracking back on those who use the snitch hotline, calling them rats (fair).
— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) July 14, 2020
Doc Rivers joked he’s gonna start using the hotline to turn in other team’s stars, making it the path to the championship a little easier for his players.
Doc Rivers jokes about the NBA bubble hotline: “I turned in LeBron yesterday. I turned Pop in today. I am trying to turn all these guys in… we are going to be the only team left when I am done… No, I don’t think it’s a problem.”
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) July 15, 2020
And rising star Ja Morant has a hands-off approach when it comes to snitching on violators.
Ja Morant on the NBA snitch line: “I don’t do none of that telling, so I don’t even, I don’t know the hotline number or none of that. Guys go about certain stuff … but me I ain’t see nothing, I didn’t hear nothing, and I ain’t say nothing.”
— Mark Giannotto (@mgiannotto) July 16, 2020
The NBA is set to resume gameplay at the end of the month.