As players and team personnel made their way to Walt Disney World in Florida, everyone in the basketball world got a small taste for what life inside the NBA bubble is like.
Thanks to Nuggets wing Troy Daniels posting a picture of his dinner spread provided to him by The Grand Destino Tower, NBA Twitter got their chance to produce one of its patented meme storms. And boy did they not disappoint.
First, the picture that started it all:
Troy Daniels’ dinner on Night 1 inside the NBA Bubble. pic.twitter.com/cVYfuwSzxQ— *Harrison Wind (@HarrisonWind) July 8, 2020
And here come the memes:
NBA players on opening night after three weeks of Disney Bubble meals pic.twitter.com/4esnFe0ybY— Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) July 8, 2020
NBA Players when TMZ catch them at a fast food outside the bubble pic.twitter.com/20BwrdWO70— Professor Pants (@ParagonDon605) July 8, 2020
Door dash workers bringing the NBA players food inside the bubble once LeBron sees the dinner tray: pic.twitter.com/ZdQw1EwpCX— Ayo? ◉⃤ (@washedjean) July 8, 2020
No way Bron eating this LOL https://t.co/mGWgPBbS6S— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) July 8, 2020
According to ESPN's Malika Andrews on The Hoop Collective podcast, residents within the bubble have numerous food options left at their door three times a day (8 a.m., 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.). Instead of asking each person what they would like, the staff just gives them every option to avoid contaminating their food.
"Efficient? No," Andrews said. "Wasteful? Possibly. Sanitary? Yes."
Players will not have to live off room-delivered meals for the entirety of their stay inside the bubble, however. According to an NBA spokesperson, once players clear quarantine, they will be permitted to eat at a number of restaurants on campus.
“During the required quarantine period when teams first arrive to the NBA Campus at Orlando, meals are delivered directly to hotel rooms," the league said in a statement. "Each of the 22 NBA teams were paired with a Disney culinary team, who meets with each NBA team’s nutritionists regularly to create menus to support specific team needs. After clearing quarantine, players will also have access to various restaurants on campus and delivery options to choose from. Players will receive three meals a day and four meals on gamedays. There is never a shortage of food options – players can always request additional food by speaking with their team nutritionists.”
Given the already questionable living conditions in the WNBA bubble, making light of the situation seemed to be the theme of the night.
Fyre Fest 2.0 in the NBA’s bubble. Documentaries will be made 👀 pic.twitter.com/Up9Wd6YXo3— George Jarjour (@gjarjour) July 8, 2020
This NBA bubble food is so good! pic.twitter.com/5NlKYFZRZW— Jake Shapiro (@Shapalicious) July 8, 2020
Fans can rest easy knowing that there were options involving meat and protein for players. Nets guard Chris Chiozza posted a picture with far more food groups in his meal than Daniels did.
WE GOT THE FULL MEAL pic.twitter.com/PXZbAIcxGP— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) July 8, 2020
As far as memes go though, Tuesday night was a good one for NBA fans.
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