The NBA has just gotten way more complicated. You thought the NBA return to play plan was outrageous before, think again. According to ESPN's Jackie McMullan, the NBA is in deep discussions for a second bubble in Chicago for the 8 non-playoff teams to play at.
This comes as a shock as the NBA is still in deep water with cases 0f Covid-19 hitting their peak once more in Florida. The happiest place on earth has now become the most miserable place on earth. And now, the NBA has decided to create a second bubble for non-playoff teams in Chicago. That's quite a headscratcher there.
The 8 teams resuming play are the Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
They are targeting a September start date, with October being the end in sight. The NBA says that the teams will hold mini camps in their home markets. The teams are at this very moment trying to work out locations for scrimmages against other teams in the bubble.
There have also been reports that teams are not required to come and play at the bubble in Chicago. The team most likely to opt out would be the Warriors, as they already played their young guys this year more than half the season. And their big 3 of Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Stephen Curry missed the majority of the 2019-2020 campaign and are unlikely to play in a restart.
Again, these talks can break down suddenly, but it is more likely than not that they will make an official announcement later in the week, stating they will go through with this plan.
As for health and safety precautions, there will be tests every day, to the delight of the 8 teams' GM's. The bubble again is going to be very small, so in-city travel will be limited, if not prohibited.
So, while NBA execs and GM's are so confident two bubbles can work, will they actually work? Only time will tell.