NBA stars prepare for 1st game during pandemic

No new cases of COVID-19 have been reported among players and staff as the league kicks off an abbreviated season in its Orlando bubble.
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We'll continue now with the NBA gearing up for the highly anticipated restart to the season tonight in Orlando. The Orlando bubble and promising pregame news because no new coronavirus cases reported among players and staff. That's great news. T.J. Holmes is going to join us now with more. T.J., the way for the tip-off finally over but will the bubble hold? You know that competition will heat up, T.J. It is but fingers crossed on the bubble. Robin, what would your coach have told you back in the day if you said, I'm going to stay six feet away from my opponent? That's terrible defense. You cannot do that in basketball. These guys are going to be touching, breathing on each other, sweating on each other this entire game, but they're going to do so knowing that not a single one has tested positive for coronavirus in the latest round of testing. The bubble is working so the country finally will get its first look tonight at bubble ball. After 4 1/2 months basketball is officially back. The first games in the NBA bubble set to tip off tonight. We know our fans back in L.A. And all over California and over the world are looking forward to see us play again. Our job is to go out and perform because they're still supporting us in hair homes, tablet, TVs, whatever the case may be. Hopes are high. The league announcing Wednesday that none of the 344 players tested were positive for covid-19. The game tonight has been Reporter: The return to the court comes after this moment in March, the league suspended play after Utah jazz all-star Rudy Gobert tested positive. Now taking center court tonight. We all are excited to be back on the court in the highest level and you know it's going to be -- I think it's going to be great. Reporter: The game will look a little different even before the ref blows the first whistle. Sandra bland. Reporter: Many demonstrating for social justice like the wnba did last weekend walking off the court before the national anthem. ESPN reports the jazz and new Orleans pelicans are planning a unified protest before their match-up. The Lakers' Anthony Davis says they're planning something as well. Final question, you brought up the wnba -- Reporter: On Wednesday robin asked Adam silver about that. I respect peaceful protest and will address it at the time but understand these are highly unusual times. Reporter: Black lives matter written across the court and socially distant sideline benches with a different kind of viewing experience. The NBA teaming up with Microsoft to give fans virtual courtside seats. And since the bubble started about three weeks ago two players inside that bubble did test positive but since then, robin, they have not had another positive test of a player. Something is working. It is. All right, T.J. I know you're going to be watching. The NBA restart begins tonight, yep, ESPN's coverage, it begins tomorrow night with a doubleheader starting at 6:30 P.M. Eastern, you better check your local listings to make sure, Amy.

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