Ever since Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, the NBA has not been the same.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver suspended the 2019-2020 season until further notice and has been seeking out any viable solution to get the NBA back on our television screens as soon as possible.
One leading idea being tossed around league circles is having the entirety of the NBA postseason be held in Vegas with no fans in attendance but make the games available to watch on national broadcasts. This route would necessitate all NBA players and staff to self-quarantine for two to three weeks before entering the Las Vegas bubble to create a safe zone from the pandemic.
On the latest Talkin' Blazers podcast, hosts Dan Sheldon and Channing Frye were joined by NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh to speculate on the logistical nightmare created by the need for players to self-quarantine.
The idea of quaratining an NBA player in self-isolation for two to three weeks before entering the so-called 'bubble', that would take every NBA player [to] not get the Amazon delivery that comes to your door. It means not going to the grocery. It means not anyone in your house, your family, cannot go to the grocery [and] can't go outside and interact with anyone for two to three weeks ...It would take so much more than I think we realize. - Tom Haberstroh
Channing Frye shared his own take on the situation as a former NBA player himself.
What I've been hearing is that we are not going be able to watch basketball the same. Let's say it did go to Vegas, let's say they got all this done... What is your opinion on how many reporters will be able to come in? Like how are we even gonna watch it because then those people have to be quarantined. - Channing Frye
The former NBA Champion then brought up how many people the elite players come into contact with that will also need to be quarantined.
Let's say a guy like me who's just me as a player... I don't have a personal trainer. I don't have a nutritionist. I don't have a chef. I don't have a bodywork guy. You're talking about a guy like LeBron who has a chef, a bodywork guy, a trainer, a somebody else person. He has like four or five people just for basketball not including his publicist. Not including his day-to-day person so even you're relying on these guys to not [contract the virus]. The security would be unbeliveable.
Adam Silver has stated that a decision will not be made until May at the earliest, but the NBA and NBAPA are assessing multiple coronavirus testing options that may make playing again a reality.
You can listen to the full episode below.