On Monday, the NBA announced that there were no new positive coronavirus cases within the Orlando bubble since July 13, the last time they announced test results. This is excellent news for the league which begins scrimmages tomorrow and games on July 30.
That can’t be said outside of the bubble. Florida remains a hotbed for the coronavirus nationally and worldwide. The state had over 10,000 positive cases for six consecutive days as on last Monday and nearly 100 people have died a day based on a seven-day rolling average according to Anastasia Dawson of The Tampa Bay Times. On the brighter side, the coronavirus test positivity rate is at 11 percent, lower than 18 percent two weeks ago.
Assuming there are very few (or even NO) more positive coronavirus cases among the NBA’s players, coaches and other personnel, this would be nothing short of a resounding success. I have been and still remain skeptical of the league holding a bubble in a coronavirus hotspot. However, even I remain hopeful that everyone stays safe while in this environment.
The Washington Wizards will begin scrimmage play tomorrow against the Denver Nuggets and their first seeding game is against the Phoenix Suns on July 31.