In an effort to get players and team staff to hold each other accountable in the Orlando bubble, the NBA opened an anonymous hotline that allows people to report violations on campus anonymously. At first, the hotline was just a vehicle to get a few jokes off about Chris Paul on Twitter, but now it seems people are taking it seriously.
According to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic, players have received warnings for violating social distancing and mask protocols, and during an Instagram Live on Wednesday, Howard revealed that he was one of them.
“Somebody told on me,” Howard said.
The funniest part about this is that no one had to tell on Howard; he told on himself. This past weekend, Howard live streamed the poolside DJ set he (and only he) went to on Instagram, and he wasn’t wearing a mask. That’s one way to get a warning.
Here’s what else went on in the bubble on Wednesday.
PGA (Pipe God Association) Tour
J.R. Smith has made a career out of putting a basketball into a hoop, but according to Alex Caruso, Smith is a pretty good with a golf ball and club too. In an interview with Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Caruso said he and Smith have been golfing at the Walt Disney World Resort, and he’s been impressed with what he’s seen from Swish:
How’d J.R. shoot?
J.R. is good, man. He told me he had a 4 handicap. I think he shot an 80 today, but he missed a couple putts, four or five putts that were burning the lip. But he impressed me. The pace on his swing is something I’m envious of.
If J.R. nailed his Lakers workout just so he could have access to the golf courses at the Walty Disney World Resort, I’d have no choice but to respect the hustle.
On a semi-related noted, I would totally watch a buddy cop movie with J.R. and A.C. I hope SpringHill Entertainment sees my vision too.
Life in the Bubble Ep. 2
JaVale McGee put up the second episode of “Life in the Bubble” on Tuesday, and it gave fans an inside look at the Lakers’ first team practice since March. Some highlights include J.R. Smith almost getting on the wrong elevator, and Kyle Kuzma talking about his panini press. I don’t know why, but I find that panini press to be hysterical.
Matisse Thybulle also has a really good vlog series about life in the bubble that’s worth checking out. If this whole basketball thing doesn’t work out for him, he has a future as a content creator, in my opinion.