A second NBA bubble? The NBA has yet to officially restart the 2020 season in Florida, but the league has already begun discussions with the National Basketball Players Association for a secondary bubble with the eight teams that were eliminated from postseason consideration, according to a report by ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan. There is still uncertainty as the coronavirus pandemic continues throughout the country, and many of the challenges the NBA has confronted in developing the campus at Walt Disney World Resort likely will arise again with any attempted second site.
Our NBA experts explore some of these questions for the tentative Chicago bubble and what that would mean for players, teams and the offseason.
The biggest hurdle will be whether the Florida bubble works. If the NBA is unable to get the 22-team bubble inside Walt Disney World Resort off the ground, attempting to do one involving teams with little to play for doesn’t make sense.
Beyond that, it will be challenging for the league to construct the same level of safety layers in a city the size of Chicago. At a place like Disney World, the league has been able to construct a “campus” that is almost entirely self-contained. That would not be feasible in one of America’s largest cities.