The NBA is discussing the set up of another bubble for the eight teams eliminated from playoff contention.
This bubble would be used for mini camps and, essentially, exhibition games for the teams who were deemed eliminated from the playoffs. This is an interesting idea presented by the NBA amid the COVID-19 pandemic for a plethora of reasons.
Over the past couple weeks, fans have seen a number of players choose not to travel to Orlando and finish out the season with their team. Although the reasons vary, health is a huge factor when considering playing.
If players are already opting out of competing with the chance of a playoff berth, why would the other teams even play? They may consider participating because their love for the game is that strong, but it’s interesting to see if any players choose to stay home because they have no playoff aspirations.
Another interesting thing to think about is how long will the eliminated teams play for? Will they play intramural games all throughout the playoffs or will they play a limited amount of these games?
As of right now, this information is unclear. The assumption is that only a limited number of these games will be played in order to conserve all of the player’s health.
Current Cavalier Larry Nance Jr poked fun at the idea of this bubble, tweeting out “Who’s ready for a Cavs V Warriors part IV…” This is in reference to the recent finals battles we’ve seen between these two franchises.
Whether or not this bubble gets approved, it’s certainly interesting to think about intramural NBA games.