The Sixers departed on Thursday for life in the NBA’s quasi-bubble in Orlando.
They stepped on board their flight with a variety of styles. Joel Embiid’s all-white, hazmat suit look was by far the most unique.
The NBA’s health and safe protocols mandate that a player or staff member stays in their individual hotel room — the Sixers are at Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel — while the result of the coronavirus test they took at arrival is returned. Another test then must be taken at least 24 hours after that initial test and also come back as negative for one to advance to Phase 4, which includes team activities such as practice.
Not every player in Orlando has been a fan of the food during this quarantine period and photos like the one Nuggets guard Troy Daniels shared were not the most appetizing.
Troy Daniels’ dinner on Night 1 inside the NBA Bubble. pic.twitter.com/cVYfuwSzxQ— Harrison Wind (@HarrisonWind) July 8, 2020
This prompted The New York Times’ Marc Stein to report that “player meals won’t look like airline trays after the first 48 hours.”
As the Sixers transition to the next stage of this unprecedented process, Embiid showed his meal on Instagram with some characteristic humor.
Yes, that last photo is really Embiid, at a Basketball without Borders camp in 2011.
Though Embiid said Tuesday he doesn’t believe in the NBA’s plan to resume play and laid out a number of concerns, he seems to be having as much fun as he can under the unusual circumstances.
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