NBA to Allow Families, Friends in Bubble After First Round of Playoffs
By the time the first round of the postseason concludes, remaining players would have stayed within the friendly confines of the NBA’s bubble in Orlando for nearly a month.
It’s almost like a game show – survive long enough in the game, and you reap the rewards.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke down all of the guest guidelines that the league and the players association agreed upon this morning.
Players will be limited to four guests, but that sum can be exceeded by children. Guests can essentially be either family or “established longstanding personal friends” according to the league’s memo. To ensure the safety of everyone inside the bubble, player guests will be required to either quarantine in their team markets for three days, travel to Orlando, and quarantine for four more days, or go directly to Orlando and uphold a seven day quarantine period.
NBA/NBPA guidelines on guests, starting after first-round of playoffs, per sources.
Four guests per player, but can be exceeded for children.
Guests can travel on team charters following testing.
Guests will be allowed to attend games.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 12, 2020
Guests will also be granted permission to attend games.
Each player will have access to one ticket per playoff game for a guest, plus additional tickets for children – and by children the league means literal infants who do not exceed 32 inches in height.
As far as who is not allowed to enter the bubble, the memo read: “Any individual the player has not previously met in person or with whom the player has had limited in-person interactions. (For example)… known by the player only through social media or an intermediary.” As well as “current/prospective staff or business relationships…including agents, trainers, massage/physical therapists, personal chefs and tattoo artists.”
The rules have been finalized.