On Wednesday, the NBA reported that there were no positive coronavirus test results among the 342 players tested. That means no Washington Wizards players have tested positive for COVID-19 since they entered the Orlando bubble in early July.
Again, this news is nothing but a complete success. And furthermore, this success happened despite my reservations of the NBA continuing play in a state where the coronavirus continues to unleash the fury at an alarming rate.
I know the NBA listed that Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Los Angeles Lakers guard LeBron James were the three finalists for the NBA Most Valuable Player of the Year Award this season. But I don’t think any of them deserve it.
Let me explain.
The Orlando bubble should have been nominated too. And the bubble should win the award with flying colors. Without the bubble, the 2019-20 NBA season would have been cancelled, and the 2020-21 season could have been in doubt.
Even though the bubble is my leading contender for this season’s NBA MVP award, there will soon be an influx of additional groups of people in the bubble, mainly special guests for team personnel, whether it’s players or coaches. They won’t be able to enter the bubble until at least Aug. 31, when the second round of the NBA playoffs begin.
It wouldn’t shock me to see some guests denied entry to the bubble because of the obvious: some guests could be diagnosed with the coronavirus. That said, once these guests are in the bubble, I’m also confident that play can continue, as the remaining playoff teams get to play in front of their biggest fans: close family and friends.
The Washington Wizards will finish their pool of seeding games on Thursday at 12 p.m. ET when they play the Boston Celtics. Given how secure the bubble has been from the coronavirus, there is honestly a side of me that hopes that the Wizards could just stay at the Yacht Club as long as a bubble exists for the NBA’s players. After all, safety first!