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Thunder’s Steven Adams on life in NBA bubble: ‘This is not Syria’

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ORLANDO, FL - JULY 18: Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots the ball during practice as part of the NBA Restart 2020 on July 18, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

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When players first arrived on the Walt Disney World property for the restart of the NBA season, the complaints flew. A few players were very public that they didn’t like the food (Joel Embiid joked he’d lose 50 pounds while there), others didn’t like the rooms, the unhealthy snack options in the room, basically anything about the facilities.

Oklahoma City big man Steven Adams isn’t going to whine about life in the bubble.

“Let’s be clear: This is not Syria. It’s not that hard ... We’re living at a bloody resort.”

Adams was not alone. Rookie Ja Morant said, “I’m not a silver spoon guy” and there was nothing to complain about. Giannis Antetokounmpo said his entire family lived in a place smaller than his hotel room when he was growing up, so this was just fine. There were others.

The complainers came off as spoiled — there are people really hurting in this nation due to the coronavirus and NBA players were complaining about making six or seven figures for staying in a resort to play a game — and a combination of the league and peer pressure shut them down fast. Notice you don’t see serious complaints right now.

And you shouldn’t. Adams is right. This is not Syria.