TAYLOR COUNTY—The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced on Monday that out of the 346 players tested for COVID-19 at the league’s bubble campus in Orlando, Florida since July 13th, none tested positive for the virus.
When the league announced its first run of tests in the bubble on July 13th, it stated that two of its 322 players’ tests had come back positive.
Also on Monday, the NBA announced the rosters for all 22 teams who will be participating in the season’s continuation at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which is part of the Walt Disney World Resort.
The league’s games are set to resume on July 30th after being suspended in March due to the current pandemic.
Each of the participating teams are scheduled to play three intersquad scrimmages which will take place from July 22nd to July 28th.
The bubble league will then tip off on July 30th when the New Orleans Pelicans play the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers face off against the Los Angeles Clippers.
A full slate of regular-season games will follow the next day up until August 14th, after each team in the bubble has logged eight games. The playoffs are scheduled to begin on August 18th.
The bubble is taking place as COVID-19 runs circles around it in the state of Florida. The state announced 10,487 new cases and 90 new deaths on Monday. The new report raises the total number of positive tests in the state to 360,394 with 5,072 deaths. The state announced 740 deaths due to COVID-19 just over the course of last week.
The NBA promotes the bubble as being safer for players than they would be anywhere else, but with Disney World support staff allowed to travel in and out steadily, it’s obviously not the permanent solution.
NBA players started joining the bubble in early July, and most of the players are already on the grounds. Monday’s news doesn’t guarantee complete success, but it does demonstrate that the bubble is off to a good start at least.