Rachel Nichols talks NBA bubble social distance buzzers & how players are bonding | SportsCenter

published on July 20, 2020

welcome to the nba

Yeah the nba season set to resume in just 11 days as our rachel nichols joins us now from orlando rachel now that teams have gotten used to life in the bubble what are players saying

Has changed with their team dynamics compared to their usual setups at home yeah it's interesting because there's no games yet there's definitely a lot of hangout time going on right so three of the celtics

Players had this hotly contested swim race yesterday i will say there were allegations that marcus smart was flopping but you know in the pool this happens um all of this is having a good and different

Effect on team chemistry we talked to the sixers yesterday coach brett brown a few of the other players were saying that joelle embiid is normally not a big out and about guy when the

Sixers are on just a regular road trip he mostly crashes in his room he plays video games but here even he goes and does the group dinner stuff like that because there's just so much time and opportunity to do them

And chris paul was telling us that on the thunder there's been so much intense teammate time it's given him the chance for these really deep conversations with the younger guys on the team on the state of

The country on social justice how to handle yourself in the mba and that feels really bonding and important now of course guys where this could go wrong for some teams is it's not just

Teammates that players have the opportunity to bond with here in the bubble remember in the nba players from opposing teams can talk to each other as much as they want they can hang out as much as they want

That's not considered tampering kyrie irving and kevin durant first became so close because they were at an olympics together and we saw how that turned out for their respective teams and then of course the

Nets so we could definitely get some future super teams from friendships that start here in the bubbles so watch everyone's instagram see who they're hanging out with

Okay we will do that we will do that meanwhile exhibition games begin next week so what can we expect well they said for just the first exhibition game they're going to have 10

Minute quarters instead of the regular 12-minute quarters so that's interesting the way to ease guys in they haven't even decided yet if they're you know because they're

Technically called scrimmages they haven't decided yet if guys are going to wear their full uniforms or not or just practice gear they will not be wearing the jerseys with their nate with the social justice messages on the back

However those will not debut until the opening of the seating games on july 30th the other thing that's interesting because these are scrimmages we've had a couple of the coaches say

That they're talking to each other the miami heat eric spoelstra was saying that he was talking to a couple of the teams that they're going to face in a scrimmage situation but not in any sort of game situation

Because they're from posing conferences they wouldn't meet unless they met in an nba finals that sort of thing and so they're actually talking to each other about things that each team would want to work on

And that the opposing coaches may be running sets or situations for each other again they just all want to help each other out because this is such an unconventional thing to have a

Four-month break three exhibitions scrimmages whatever you want to call it and then boom right into important games that matter for whether certain teams get in the playoffs and then at playoffs right

Around the corner after that it's a lot and they're trying to get ready yeah i'm with you it is uh before i let you go i i hear someone's getting out of quarantine very soon congratulations rachel

Very important it's been seven days for me in this one room we have not been allowed to leave at all not go outside at all there's no balcony there's no outdoors i'm very excited to see the sunshine and

When i get out i get this green bracelet taken off which means that i have passed seven coronavirus tests in a row i also get this which is a little buzzer they've given us you wear this all the time

Anywhere you go in the bubble and it buzzes if you get within six feet of another human really so that's going to be kind of crazy you get a little loud alarm sound i will say i've had several

Friends ask me if i could smuggle a bunch of these out of the bubble for them to just wear in their daily lives and the answer is no i'm sorry okay come on rachel i mean all right i'll find somebody i can ask that question

Too i need one of those nba returns just 11 days our rachel nichols will have it covered from the bubble and as she goes out and about with her buzzer in orlando rachel thank you

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