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:   msn.com

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Two goals drove the NBA to conceive of the bubble outside Orlando that will host the league’ s restart this month. The first was crowning a champion, and The NBA held a conference call last week with seven of the eight teams not headed to the Orlando area to discuss various options for their return to

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.

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.

“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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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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Teams have truckloads of equipment arriving at the NBA headquarters in Orlando , including photos Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic isn't complaining about life in the NBA bubble -- at least after And I'm sure it ' s going to get better as we figure out all the little glitches that will happen along the way.

If the " second bubble " is approved, expect the Warriors to send a team without stars. NBA ’ s priority remains to get fans into arenas next season. Regional pods for extended periods are among brainstorms, but preference would be that those are finite in length, sources said.

“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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