Thus far, the NBA’s bubble experiment has been a success with the exception of a pair of costly wing stops (pun intended). While the hope is that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is behind us by the start of next season, there’s a possibility that it won’t be, and if that’s the case, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts told Tim Bontemps of ESPN that players may have to return to the bubble for the 2020-21 season:
“If tomorrow looks like today, I don’t know how we say we can do it differently,” Roberts told ESPN in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. “If tomorrow looks like today, and today we all acknowledge — and this is not Michele talking, this is the league, together with the PA and our respective experts saying, ‘This is the way to do it’ — then that’s going to have to be the way to do it.”
If the NBA decides to go in that direction, it’s hard to imagine that Walt Disney World wouldn’t be the frontrunner once again. However, in the event that they’re open to a new location, Kyle Kuzma has a suggestion: Hawaii.
Nba has done amazing job with safety & protocols. Make the bubble Hawaii. Simple ♂️ https://t.co/7ldQH5PJu6— kuz (@kylekuzma) July 28, 2020
As someone who would likely be up well past 1 a.m. to cover the games from the west coast, no thank you. Now, if somebody were to send me to Hawaii to cover the games, I might reconsider.
If you can all recall back to last week, Lakers rookie Talen Horton-Tucker caught his very first fish and took this wholesome picture with Alex Caruso, or, as he’s known in the fishing community, AC Fresh Water Fisher.
On Tuesday’s episode of “Life in the Bubble,” JaVale McGee gave fans a behind-the-scenes look of that day, which included some fun at the water slide with Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. It’s safe to say the boys are having a good time.
Watch the Throne
On Wednesday, the Lakers held their media availability through Zoom like they’ve been doing for the past month, expect there was something different about Wednesday’s Zoom conference call: LeBron’s chair. Instead of the usual stool or wooden chair the players have been using, James sat in a tall chair with red upholstery, and it looked like he was sitting on a throne fit for a king.
LeBron said he needed a lower chair before his interview. Told by @LakersReporter that it looked a bit like a throne, LeBron chuckled and said, "Absolutely not. It's one of these hallway chairs everybody sits in." pic.twitter.com/oZRVO1HBiB— Bill Oram (@billoram) July 28, 2020
Unfortunately, it appears James was the only one that got to do his conference call in the throne.
LeBron when he saw that Frank did not have the same chair:— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) July 28, 2020
"Oh, they took away the throne, huh?"
Frank: "They took it away! Even with your permission, they took it away." https://t.co/Guhn4CbBjM
Maybe if Frank gets enough votes for Coach of the Year, he’ll get to do his acceptance speech on the throne. If not, what’s the point of accepting the award at all?