FLORIDA — Basketball is back, and for Fil-Am Coach Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat, the NBA “bubble” in Orlando can serve as a relief as the Miami area becomes one of the country’s worst hotspots for COVID-19 infections.
“We do feel that it is safer here. I know you hear that all time, where we’re coming from in South Florida where the numbers are spiking, to an area that’s really in a controlled safe environment its the best opportunity to have success were all just praying and hoping that it all works out,” said Spoelstra.
All NBA teams have now checked into the bubble. Spoelstra said the safety protocols in place at the Disney World resort has made him and his team feel comfortable.
As for getting back into game shape as the first 8 regular season games kick off on July 31st, he said his team, which held regular zoom workouts during the pandemic, is already eager to get back on to court.
In the meantime, the league’s lone Fil-Am player Jordan Clarkson is also back on the court with his Utah Jazz teammates.
In between the regulated practice sessions, Clarkson has been giving glimpses of the bubble life,
From some of the available food, to his post-workout activities, which includes playing video games with his teammates.
Clarkson also took some time to show support for the future of Filipino players, sharing this picture of G-leaguers Sedrick Barefield and Jalen Green, whom he met in person for the first time at a summer workout this past weekend.