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Sport Second bubble, minicamps for NBA teams not in Orlando likely not happening: 'It's a shame'

02:50  05 august  2020
02:50  05 august  2020 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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The NBA is closing in on signing off on a second “ bubble ” in Chicago for the eight teams that were not invited to play in Orlando , enabling mini-training camps and subsequent games Seven of the eight teams involved in the second bubble participated in a call Thursday to go discuss the Chicago plan.

The second bubble would allow teams to hold a mini-camp and have the eight clubs scrimmage one another in an NBA Summer League-like format On Thursday, seven of the eight teams not included in the Orlando restart held a conference call to discuss the idea, with the New York Knicks being the

The eight teams who were not invited to resume the season at Walt Disney World had hoped to have their own bubble — something that would have provided them an opportunity to play competitively instead of simply taking what could end up being a nine-month hiatus from the game.

That plan, however, seems to have fallen apart.

According to The Athletic’s Sham Charania and Sam Amick, there is “growing belief” among the eight teams that the bubble will not happen. In-market minicamps for teams likely isn’t on the table anymore, either.

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The NBA reportedly is close to setting up a second bubble for teams who weren't invited to Orlando . Coach Steve Kerr already said that the Warriors would not be interested in a mini-camp style set up with other teams , but it appears they might have had a change of heart.

“There’s nothing happening,” one general manager said on Tuesday, via The Athletic. “It’s a shame. It’s a huge detriment to these eight franchises that were left behind.”

Six teams from the Eastern Conference weren’t invited to the bubble: The Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks. The Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves were the two teams not invited from the Western Conference.

An extended break without basketball

The NBA suspended play on March 11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and allowed the 22 teams inside the bubble in Florida to resume work inside the bubble late month.

The eight teams not included have only been allowed to do individual work inside their respective facilities, something that could end up putting them at a significant disadvantage for next season — something that is expected to start at some point in December.

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The NBA is working on a second " bubble " for the 8 teams that didn't qualify for the NBA restart in Orlando to still be able to play meaningful games.

It ' s too long of a layoff." Some teams have pushed for a two-week delay before signing off on the second bubble , as concerns over the number of NBA players testing One general manager reported his players were actually relieved to learn their bubble would also require daily testing, like in Orlando .

There was hope, per The Athletic, that the eight teams could come together in a single city — Chicago was initially floated as a possible location — to play against one another in order to get some live, real basketball in. There has been a growing frustration among those eight teams, however, because discussions have been so inconsistent.

They had hoped to start minicamps by mid-August, too, though those hopes were reportedly shattered after a general managers call last week.

Those minicamps, Pistons coach Dwayne Casey said last month, was much more important in his eyes than a secondary bubble with everyone.

“We'd rather do that than go to the bubble, because unlike those teams in Orlando, we wouldn't be playing for the same reason,” Casey said in July, via ESPN. "The reason we want these minicamps is to get our team together, to have that camaraderie, to improve and enjoy some competition.

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" It happened this morning, so he' s with his family at this point in time," Donovan said. "I'll have a chance probably to talk to him and find Players can leave the NBA bubble for excused absences. The NBA has protocols for that scenario and updated them in a memo delivered to teams on Monday.

EXCEPT for technically the Orlando Magic, NBA teams are in neutral territory inside the NBA bubble at Disney Complex in Florida. The NBA has also let each team choose how it will invite those fans for their designated home games "Hats off to everybody to the league that made this thing happen .

“We feel we can do that safely in our own environment. We can't let these guys sit around from March 11 to December without something. It's going to hurt their careers. It's too long of a layoff."

a close up of a sign: The secondary bubble for teams not invited to Florida is likely not happening anymorre. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports The secondary bubble for teams not invited to Florida is likely not happening anymorre. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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