The NBA bubble in Orlando went about as smoothly as it could have gone. The league aimed to resume the 2019-20 season in a safe environment that limited the spread of the coronavirus, and it did just that.
While the players and team personnel deserve credit for following procedures, the bubble was largely a success due to the work by employees of the Disney resort. Their countless efforts to provide the players and staff with care while keeping everyone safe may go unnoticed by some, but it was crucial.
Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook saw how well the workers took care of him and others, and before exiting the bubble, he wanted to repay the favor and show his appreciation for their help. According to Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News, Westbrook left an $8,000 tip for housekeepers at the Grand Floridian Hotel.
Westbrook confirmed to Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report that he did indeed leave a tip to show his gratitude, but did not specify the amount.
"They took great care of us," Westbrook said to Bleacher Report, confirming the tip. "Took the time and energy to do their job at a high level. That was the right thing. I like to do the right thing."
Westbrook and the Rockets spent about two months inside the NBA bubble before they fell to the Los Angeles Lakers in the playoffs. Houston was the last team to be at the Grand Floridian.
The point guard's incredible gesture doesn't come as much of a surprise, as Westbrook has consistently worked to give back to the community through charity and his Why Not? Foundation.
No matter the amount of the tip, Westbrook's actions shows his true character while also shedding light on the incredible work many have done over the past several months.