The NBA’s bubble concept is complex, and there are plenty of wrinkles that must be ironed out between now and when players begin arriving in Orlando, Florida beginning July 7.
There will be an extensive security setup put in place by the league and Walt Disney World as they develop plans to keep the Kings and the 21 other teams safe, ESPN's Tim Bontemps reported Thursday.
The NBA shared with players they will use local, state and federal law enforcement, plus former special operations forces, to secure the bubble in Orlando, league sources told ESPN.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 25, 2020
In addition, social media networks will be monitored by Walt Disney Security, NBA Global Security and the Department of Homeland Security for potential threats, and will share intelligence. https://t.co/FuZhXVLzJd— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 25, 2020
Bontemps reported law enforcement won't be on the campus, but the area will have a secured perimeter and plenty of other measures are being put in place.
All 22 teams, including the Kings, are mandated to bring at least one security person into the bubble. Sacramento has three very capable members of its security team.
Tim Lea, the Kings’ vice president of security operations, spent 20 years with the Secret Service. Sean Rogers, Lea's right-hand man and the Kings' director of team security, joined the team in 2017 after spending 30 years with the Sacramento Police Department. Mark Blea, the Kings' assistant director of team security, has over 34 years of law-enforcement experience and a SWAT background.
At least one of these three will join the team in Orlando to provide another level of security, but the team is confident in the safeguards the NBA is putting in place.
NBC Sports California has confirmed through a league source that the Kings will arrive in Orlando on July 8. Once inside the NBA’s bubble, the Kings will enter a second phase of testing and quarantine.
Three Kings players -- Jabari Parker, Buddy Hield and Alex Len -- were either announced or reported to have tested positive for the coronavirus Wednesday. Hield confirmed his positive test to The Sacramento Bee's Jason Anderson on Friday.
Welcome to the new NBA. Constant testing, secured perimeters and Secret Service agents. The league is doing its best to create a safe environment for the players while trying to salvage the 2019-2020 season.