It was another eventful day for the Los Angeles Lakers in the bubble. Not only were two of their key players cleared to resume basketball activities, but LeBron James broke the internet with one tweet. All that and more on Issue No. 4 of Bubble Blogs.
NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski — more commonly known by his nickname “Woj” — has reportedly heen placed on indefinite leave without pay by ESPN due to a profane email he sent Josh Hawley, a Republican senator from Missouri. The two-word email was sent in response to Hawley’s criticism of the league’s relationship with China and their decision to limit to players’ social messages to the Black Lives Matter movement.
In light of Wojnarowski’s suspension, a number of NBA fans and players have expressed their support for him with the hashtag “#FreeWoj,” including LeBron James. On Sunday, James sent out a tweet that officially made him a part of the resistance.
Let Dwight DJ
Dwight Howard hasn’t been in Orlando as long as the rest of his teammates, but apparently he’s already making the most of his time in the bubble. During a conference call with reporters on Sunday, Anthony Davis said Dwight Howard enjoyed DJ Nasty’s set at the Gran Destino on Saturday night, and he might be the only player that can say that.
“To be quite honest, the first time I heard of the DJ thing was today,” Davis said. “Dwight told me he was the only one there. Quite frankly, a lot of guys just didn’t know about it.”
Howard wasn’t actually alone, though — there were a few Walt Disney World resort workers there too!
Dwight is at the Coronado Springs pool party solo...but they got him right with a “Cancun Colada” slushie pic.twitter.com/MBYaoyK37k— NBA Bubble Life (@NBABubbleLife) July 12, 2020
Hopefully Howard can get a few other players to join him next weekend, if only for DJ Nasty’s sake. Of course, that assumes he’s brought back next week. If Solomon Hill has anything to say about it, he won’t be.
Green light to practice
After missing the first day of practice on Saturday, Dwight Howard and Danny Green will be available to practice with Lakers on Sunday night. Howard was unavailable for Saturday’s practice because he didn’t travel with the team and had to take an additional test, while Green sat out due to a glitch with his testing.
For everyone’s sake, let’s hope that no one has to sit out due to testing-related issues again.