New Orleans Pelicans guard J.J. Redick played a round of golf Saturday at the Disney compound and planned another round on Sunday with the promise to shotgun a can of Bud Light if users reached 10,000 retweets.
"Didn’t expect that tweet to get 10,000 retweets," Redick said, "but NBA Twitter never fails."
Pelicans vice president of basketball operations David Griffin pleaded for this not to happen. But it happened alright, Redick shotgunning a beer from a portable ice bath.
Welcome to life inside the NBA bubble-like environment — an AAU-style basketball camp for millionaires. The best place to watch is on social media where players are giving behind-the-scenes access to what's happening.
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra conducted his press conference on Sunday wearing a mask.
"It’s a little bit different than a normal road routine," Spoelstra said. "But we do have our team room, which also serves as our meal room and our meeting room. So we tend to be in there quite a bit. There’s a nice walking path. There’s a restaurant on campus where you can eat indoor or outdoors. We’ll continue to explore. But that team room we’ve spent a lot of time in."
The Heat placed players' family photos in the team room to provide a sense of comfort.
"It touched me seeing my daughter on the wall, and I’m sure it touched other players as well," forward Jae Crowder said.
On Saturday night, Heat players watched UFC fights and played dominoes — a Jimmy Butler favorite — in the team room.
"That’s our safe haven," Crowder said. "We get together and talk it out."
Yes, there have been some complaints about the food and hotel rooms. And while those have gotten attention, the complaints have been minimal.
Miami’s Meyers Leonard videoed himself walking in a hallway saying he reached out to the Disney concierge service for 12-ounce cans of Coors Light. Disney can provide that.
Philadelphia’s visual arts expert Matisse Thybulle already produced a nine-minute video titled "Welcome To The Bubble — Day 1." YouTube personality Casey Neistat, who has 12 million subscribers, watched it and replied to Thybulle on Twitter, "MATISSE, LETS COLLABORATE."
Thybulle responded: "Aside from being able to play basketball again, you just made this whole bubble thing worth it. Let’s figure something out when I’m free."
And Sixers forward Tobias Harris, who is good friends with Dallas’ Boban Marjanovic, couldn’t help notice Marjanovic hanging with someone else.
On Instagram, Harris posted a video of Marjanovic walking on a pier and said, "Look at this man, hanging out with Luka (Donic). Shhh."
It’s early and it might not always be easy, but the players are finding a way to make this work.
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