Players to Dress in Hotel Rooms, Showering Prohibited at Bubble Venues
Don’t expect any flashy outfits from Russell Westbrook in the bubble this Summer.
The NBA has issued some heart-breaking news to some of the game’s most stylish stars over the weekend when they announced that players will be asked to travel to the arena in their “uniform and warm-ups”.
According to the new protocol, players will get dressed in their respective hotel rooms and will be unable to change nor shower until they return following the game. The drive from each of the three hotels to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando is approximately 15 minutes.
“That is crazy,” Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker said. “I think that takes away [from] originally what getting dressed was all about. It wasn’t even about the tunnel walk, it was more about getting dressed up and going to work. To me, it’s like a mindset, getting dressed and getting ready to go to my game. It puts me in the mindset that I’m ready to work and helps me find my focus.”
The venues do not have any showers and player will depart within 40 minutes following each game after completing their media duties.
“Getting dressed at the hotel now will feel like an AAU tournament,” Tucker said. “It’s AAU Nationals, it’s the Nike Super Showcase and one of those [tournaments] that we used to play in back in the day. I’m not feeling it. It just doesn’t feel NBA to me, but it is what it is.”.
Maybe fancy hats will make a big return while in the bubble?