Emma Meesseman admits it took some time to come to a decision to play during this WNBA season. With the coronavirus pandemic worsening in the United States, the unknown about the bubble and key players missing from the team, it was not a verdict she could rush to make.
But ultimately, Meesseman opted to play because she did not want to miss out on the unique experience that is the WNBA bubble.
"I just see everything as a big adventure," Meesseman said in a Zoom meeting with reporters on Wednesday. "So, if I was unable to come like the season would have happened anyway and then I was not going to be here and be part of it. So, I just want to do as much different stuff as possible in my career and this is one of them. I hope this is only going to happen one time."
The WNBA bubble, also becoming known as the 'wubble' on social media, is an environment that has never been seen before in professional team sports. Each presents its own challenges as the NBA and MLS are also experiencing. For the WNBA, its bubble is in Bradenton, Fla, the home of IMG Academy.
All 120+ players are confined to a single campus where you can't leave and presumably, every item you need can be delivered to your door. Players are living with one another and their neighbors are a group of players from a different team.
It's similar to the Olympic village every two years, without the flexibility of going on and off-campus.
Players get to solely focus on basketball, and in this season social justice, without outside distractions.
"Good, bad I don't know yet, but it's an adventure," Meesseman said. "It's gonna be a big experience for me. And so far, I like it. It's basketball again, I really miss that a lot but next to that I'm seeing all kinds of animals. I've never been to Florida before. I mean, I'm not gonna see anything of Florida but I'm here, you know."
Already the Belgian native has enjoyed herself, even if it's limited to a basketball court and her living conditions. For the bubble, Meesseman is bunking with teammates Myisha Hines-Allen and Ariel Atkins.
Needless to say, Meesseman is the most reserved of the bunch. Together, the three have become quite the sensation on social media.
Ehm I am pretty much team ‘do what I am told’ as well, trying to keep @Mooks_22 a happy roomie 🤪— Emma Meesseman (@EmmaMeesseman) July 11, 2020
As far as on the court play is concerned, Meesseman is surely going to have a big role once the season gets underway. The team will be missing four starters from last season where Meesseman came off the bench. As the league's defending WNBA Finals MVP, a huge responsibility will be put on her as the best player on the floor. After all, she is coming off an explosive performance in the playoffs with 19 points a contest, garnering the nickname 'Playoff Emma.'
But for the most part, she's just focused on the team gelling in a condensed training camp. It will all be about basketball and enjoying the moment while having fun. The season will come and go and in all likelihood, the last one within the bubble. The 27-year-old wants to cherish that.
"It's going to be a real nice story to tell that I was part of that one special season in the WNBA and we're just gonna laugh about it," Meesseman said.
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