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Mystics' star Elena Delle Donne shows off quarantine baking, hair salon

Mystics' star Elena Delle Donne shows off quarantine baking, hair salon

While so many of us are baking up a storm these days, Mystics' star Elena Delle Donne is taking cooking adventures to a new (and incredibly entertaining) level. 

Behold, the BakEDD series:

Delle Donne has taught followers how to cook everything from Jello Treats:

To cream cheese crescent rings:

And when she's not baking, she's doing her best to help demonstrate how to live without being able to go to the salon with lessons on how to curl your hair, do makeup and unfortunately a good demonstration of why it's a great idea to not dye your hair at home.

Delle Donne and the Mystics are awaiting the TBD start of the WNBA season, where they'll be defending their 2019 title. 

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Mystics Elena Delle Donne and Tina Charles enter WNBA medical evaluation protocol

Mystics Elena Delle Donne and Tina Charles enter WNBA medical evaluation protocol

Elena Delle Donne and Tina Charles did not travel to Bradenton, Fla with the rest of the Washington Mystics to begin a quarantine for the WNBA bubble, the team announced on Wednesday. 

Instead, the two have entered the WNBA's player evaluation protocol from a panel of independent doctors to see if they can be medically excused for the 2020 season. 

Washington Mystics players Tina Charles and Elena Delle Donne have entered the WNBA player medical evaluation protocol. The players did not travel with the team to Bradenton, Florida. An update on their status will be given when their evaluations are finalized.

The protocol is in place to allow players who are at high-risk for the coronavirus to opt-out for the year and still receive their full salary. Players can choose to opt-out for non-medical reasons but will not receive pay.

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Delle Donne has Lyme's disease, which puts her at greater risk of serious complications with the virus. She and Charles await decisions from the panel, along with several other WNBA stars according to the Associated Press. 

If the two are medically excused, the team will be without four of their biggest stars in an attempt at a repeat bid. Natasha Cloud and LaToya Sanders both opted-out of the season last month. Losing last year's MVP in Delle Donne and big offseason acquisition Charles definitely hinders the ability of the team for the 2020 season. 

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Elena Delle Donne disapproves of some conditions in WNBA bubble

Elena Delle Donne disapproves of some conditions in WNBA bubble

As WNBA teams and players make their way down to Florida to play the entire 2020 season at IMG Academy, many were greeted with ugly living conditions.

The bubble is designed to keep players safe and healthy while the season begins, but so far it looks to be doing the opposite. One source told Deadspin that bed bugs have been found in the rooms of two teams, forcing them to move. Additionally, the source explained that the meals were so unappetizing that some players refused to eat them.

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Mystics star Elena Delle Donne took to Twitter to voice her opinion on the matter. Like many others, she was incredibly disgusted with the situation.

Delle Donne, meanwhile, has not announced whether or not she is playing this season. The team arrived at the bubble on Monday but it is unclear if the reigning WNBA MVP was there too. 

Besides the source, video evidence of the living quarters has surfaced, and it makes things look even worse. A viral thread on Twitter shows a beaten-down, dirty laundry room with mouse traps, a carpet that has worms in it and a boxed meal that gives the MLS sandwich situation a run for its money.

Las Vegas Aces star A'ja Wilson confirmed that those videos do accurately depict the current living situation for the players.

Breanna Stewart also shared an Instagram story that showed bed bug traps under a bed.

Lexie Brown of Minnesota Lynx chimed in as well but shared a different opinion than others. While she agrees the conditions are wrong and need to be fixed, she wanted the public to know that now every team has dealt with the unsanitary quarters.

The teams are currently in a quarantine period upon arrival, meaning they must stay in the room that features poor conditions as the league works to make changes. The bubble experiment is something many leagues, including the NBA, are working through in the coming months. The beginning of the WNBA's time in Florida reveals more huddles that these leagues must face in these new environments. 

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