Transcript for NBA under pressure as COVID-19 cases rise
Now we turn -- the return of the NBA. Players began arriving at the Walt Disney world resort in Orlando on Wednesday but with the coronavirus spiking in Florida, NBA commissioner Adam silver is expressing new concerns about potential health risks. Janai Norman has the latest for us and joins us this morning. Good morning, janai. Reporter: Good morning. It is happening. After a month's long time-out for so many sports basketball is almost back. Fan answer players are ready but as they head to the bubble the league's commissioner is concerned there will be more players testing positive for covid. A big step towards tip-off. NBA players arriving at Disney world's wide world of sports entering the bubble given glimpses of what's inside. Evan Fournier posting this tour of his room. The Washington wizards posting images and giving details on the meals provided to their team and say the team nutritionist has worked with the chef to come up with the menu, shrimp cocktail, seafood linguine and pineapple upside down cake. An unnamed Orlando magic player testing positive for coronavirus and team officials say he'll have to join the team at a later date. Adam silver spoke Tuesday about the potential leaks in the bubble. What would be most concern something once players enter this campus and then go through our quarantine period then if they were to test positive or we would have any positive tests we know we would have an issue art a few miles away there is an issue brewing at the wnba's hotel saying they have bedbugs and roachs and posting pictures of their disappointing bubble meals. They are addressing players' concerns and accommodating all player requests including moving players to other accommodations. Robin. Hopefully that will take place. Quite a contract to what we're seeing with the NBA. Thank you, janai. ESPN reporter Malika Andrews joins us from the NBA bubble. Appreciate this. We heard what the commissioner said, the concern about a potential hole in the bubble so what is the situation like there, Malika? Yeah, robin, I mean, those concerns are very real because this is a monumental undertaking that has never been done before. But the way that this bubble is supposed to be built is that it's surprised to be able to withstand a handful of positive tests and Adam silver has always said if there were to be a large group of players that were to test positive, then that might cause them to have to shut down. But that's what they're trying to avoid and what he is saying he's concerned about is if everybody coming into the bubble has had to test negative where if positive tests pop up where would that contagionen coming Can you give us a sense what have life will be like once everyone is inside that bubble? Yeah, so players started arriving yesterday and will continue to trickle in today and tomorrow and I have been here for about a week now and for the first 24 hours, excuse me, 48 hours that players are actually in this bubble they're going to be subject to quarantine with food being brought to their door but once that 48 hours is up and they've registered two negative tests they will be able to Rome around campus and golf and swim and there are player lounges set up to have recreationial activities and keeping social distance but then you have players like Damian Lillard who is saying, you know what, for me I feel more comfortable staying in my room with my PlayStation because that feels like it will be the safest option. We've seen about the health and safety protocol like 113 pains and even the NBA is providing you, the media with some health tech items? Yes, yeah, I mean, in addition to all of the safety protocols, tech is front and center here in order to attempt us keep safe. We have to take a reading of, one, a temperature and then a pulse ox and we're scanning these imagine ink bands and if those magic bands light up green, that means we are able to go into the arena and there is no concerns with the data we entered F it lights up blue that means that potentially there's something they need to take another look at because the data may not indicate we're healthy. We want everybody to stay safe down there. Malika, thank you very much for joining us. We'll have more from up side
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