NBA Details Travel Options for Going to Florida, Focuses on Mental Health
As NBA teams prepare to leave for Florida next week, travel options for the players were received by organizations and the league focused on players' mental health.
The planned return of the season is at Disney World on July 30. This is despite the surge of coronavirus cases in Florida.
Teams are set to arrive in Orlando between July 7 and 9.
ESPN reported that if a player misses a scheduled coronavirus test in the two days before the team's departure, he must make his own travel arrangements to join his team as the league starts its season.
A player is also expected to do the same if he has to deal with other circumstances that are said to the league.
The player has options: flying on a charter flight at his expense, travelling by car, or booking a commercial flight.
With the first teams scheduled to arrive in Florida on Tuesday, it is possible that players who have tested positive of the virus in the past week won't fly with their teams.
When the players arrive, they will be isolated in their rooms.
If they drove or flew in privately, they have to return two negative COVID-19 tests that are at least 24 hours apart before they begin usual activities. If they flew commercially, three negative test results are needed.
This is according to NBA's health and safety guidelines.
Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets are some of the teams that saw a number of people in their travelling party test positive for the past several days.
After the tests are done, teams can begin group practices and workouts.
They will do the group activities in their own home courts. These were trucked down to the bubble and set up in ballrooms, reported CBS Sports.
Schedule for Scrimmages Released
The next stage leading up to the actual games is a series unofficial practice plays. Each team will play three scrimmages that begin on July 22.
NBA released the schedule on Saturday. These games will not be televised.
The league shut down on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The training camp that will happen at Walt Disney World Resort is going to be the first time the players will do 5-on-5 basketball with their teammates since then.
ESPN noted that if players have to stay back to recover, they could miss part of their scheduled training and the preparation time they need. This could lead to more risk of injury.
NBA League Heads Focused on Player Mental Health
Players may miss some important events in their life because they have to live in NBA's "bubble", reported NBC Sports.
This is the reason why NBA, its teams, and the players' union are focused on providing mental health and wellness resources to the players once they arrive at the complex.
The association's mental health and wellness program director William Parham recognized that the free time players have on their own may give them increased anxiety, tension, and restlessness.
But he believed the eagerness for competition will help them cope with the situation.
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