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Silver consulted with infectious disease experts when devising the plan, whichearned the approval of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. If the NBA's bubble goes according to plan, playing games in Orlando may be safer than, say, going to the grocery store in the player's home city.
"I've done my share of criticizing here and there when I thought it was necessary," Spurs coach Gregg Popovichsaid from the Disney bubble. "But I don't know where else you would be as safe as we are right now."
Further, players are not required to enter the bubble if they don't feel comfortable. They won't be paid for the games they miss (unless they are deemed medically unfit to play), but they won't face any punishment like fines or suspensions for opting out of the restart, asseveral players have chosen to do.
Point:The NBA is using valuable resources in a state where testing and hospital space are increasingly harder to obtain.
As NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh reported inthis excellent story(I highly recommend reading the whole thing), the company which is providing the NBA with next-day results from daily COVID-19 tests for all the participants, BioReference, is simultaneously announcing a delayed five-to-seven day results window for the general public. Back in early June, when Silver announced the return plan, the ethical issues involving testing appeared to be nearing irrelevancy as states began to "flatten the curve." The recent explosion in COVID-19 cases across the country, however, has brought back the question of whether the NBA, and other pro sports leagues, should have priority access to such prolific and swift testing.
There is also the alarming fact that hospital and ICU beds are quickly filling up in the area immediately surrounding the NBA's Disney bubble, with dozens reportedly maxed out. If necessary, the NBA will treat any patients within the bubble at an on-site clinic, which begs the question of whether that clinic would be better served if opened to the general public.
Counterpoint:The NBA's bubble could provide health benefits to the general public in the long-term.
The issue of testing and hospital space is probably the hardest one for the NBA to rationalize, but they are engaging in a Yale study on a saliva-based COVID-19 test that could, if successful, provide a faster, less invasive test for millions of people moving forward.
"[The Yale study] has the potential to actually speed up the testing process and address some of these backlogs but not all of them," Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a Seattle-based virologist at the Center for Infection and Immunity at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health,told NBC Sports. "In my opinion, that's what makes the NBA's plan beneficial and kind of overrides any ethical concerns I have over, 'Why are using these tests for professional athletes that don't need to play?"
According to the Health and Safety Protocol handbook the NBA distributed, the league also plans to offer community testing, though no specifics have been provided.
Point:The players are better served staying at home fighting social justice issues.
With protests over police brutality and racial discrimination at the forefront of American society, some NBA players have taken exception to the idea of resuming the season. Not only are they putting their lives at risk to entertain fans and potentially provide a distraction from social justice issues, but they're also going to be removed from their family, friends and any local protests they might have wished to join. Nets guard Kyrie Irving and Lakers guard Avery Bradley have led a faction of NBA players questioning the value of the restart, while Bucks guard George Hill said in June that basketball wasthe "last thought on my mind."
It's a valid stance. If these players feel Black lives aren't being valued by society at large, why would they want a league that's approximately 75 percent Black to resume playing basketball? Perhaps the absence of Black athletes would continue to call attention to the crucial problems our country is facing.
Counterpoint:NBA games give Black athletes a platform they normally would not have.
With the spotlight on NBA games potentially beginning at the end of July and running into October, athletes will receive a lot more opportunity to get their message across than if they were at home. They won't be able to engage in public protests, but they will have microphones in front of them on a regular basis, and the league has allowed players to wear social justice messages on the backs of their jerseys if they so choose. Basketball may seem arbitrary at a time like this, but there will be millions tuned in for any message that a player wishes to deliver.
Also, NBA players will be paid for the games that they play in Orlando, potentially giving them extra income to donate to particular causes. Spurs guard Patty Mills, for instance, isdonating the entirety of his salary for remaining games, over $1 million, to Black Lives Matter Australia, Black Deaths in Custody and the We Got You Campaign.
"I'm playing in Orlando because I don't want to leave any money on the table that could be going directly to Black communities," Mills said.
Point:The NBA is just doing this for money.