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‘Fyre Festival’ Food Is Not The Only Concern With The NBA’s Restart Plan

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in an interview that the league expects more coronavirus cases to crop up as teams arrive to the “bubble” at Orlando’s Walt Disney World this week ahead of the restart on July 30, adding a second shutdown could be on the cards if there’s a “significant spread.”

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Silver told Fortune Brainstorm Health in a virtual interview: “We won’t be surprised when they first come down to Orlando if we have some additional players test positive.”

Players and personnel will be tested on arrival and must quarantine for two days.

But Silver warned it would be “very concerning” if players tested positive after going through those safety measures.

The NBA campus is carrying out daily testing, and Silver later added that he is “confident” based on test results that the NBA campus will be safer than off campus.

But he warned that a “significant spread” could trigger another shutdown.

The NBA halted the season on March 11 after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert, tested positive for the virus.

Already, a handful of players are sitting out of the restart for various reasons, including LA Lakers’ Avery Bradley, who last month said he did not want to put his family at risk.

Crucial comment

Silver said in the interview: “What would be most concerning is once players enter this campus and then go through our quarantine period, then if they were to test positive or if we were to have any positive tests, we would know we would have an issue.

“We would know that there’s in essence a hole in our bubble or that our quarantine or our campus is not working in some way, so that would be very concerning,” ESPN reports.

Big number

Coronavirus cases in Florida topped 213,000 on, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

Tangent

‘Fyre Festival’ trended briefly on Twitter on Wednesday morning after NBA player Troy Daniels shared a picture of his first meal from inside the bubble, which drew comparisons by some users to the meals served at the disastrous music event in 2017.

Further reading

Adam Silver worries positive tests may pop NBA ‘bubble’ (ESPN)

Los Angeles Lakers’ Avery Bradley Sitting Out NBA Restart To Protect His Family’s Health (Forbes)

NBA Announces 16 Players Tested Positive For Coronavirus (Forbes)

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