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The NBA is planning on a loser’s bubble in Chicago for teams who didn’t make the cut in Orlando

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22 NBA teams are gearing up for the league’s restart set for later this month at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, but what about the other eight teams who didn’t make the cut?

This afternoon, ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan broke the news that the NBA is set to announce a second “bubble” in Chicago for the eight worst teams in the league to compete against one another.

“The NBA is closing in on signing off on a second “bubble” in Chicago for the eight teams that were not invited to play in Orlando, enabling mini-training camps and subsequent games against other clubs with a target date of September,” MacMullan reported.

According to the report, play would be similar to a summer league format between the following teams: the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the New York Knicks.

This scenario would allow for further growth and development for younger players during this extended offseason, with the likes of Atlanta’s Trae Young and Cleveland’s Collin Sexton among the players who would reportedly welcome such an idea.

“The idea to provide the eight non-playoff teams with options to play arose out of concern that the long layoff would adversely impact young players whose ongoing development is critical to their franchises,” the report says. “Most teams did favor a mini-camp within their own market and then a week or two of games against other NBA clubs. … The NBA has discussed setting up the bubble in Chicago with approximately two weeks of practice, then four games for each team. Participation in the bubble would be voluntary.”

Teams would go through similar safety protocols to that of the Orlando “bubble,” including daily COVID-19 testing and zero exposure to the general public.

Would you be up for watching the NBA’s equivalent of the NIT?


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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6 Comments for The NBA is planning on a loser’s bubble in Chicago for teams who didn’t make the cut in Orlando

  1. Bigblueswami
    6:32 pm July 2, 2020 Permalink

    That will be nba summer league 2.0. No way you get many big name players to participate.

  2. lizard king
    8:45 pm July 2, 2020 Permalink

    They are all losers. They should just cancel the season and let them carry on with their social justice and freedoms they don’t have. Maybe Lebron can lecture more homeless people. Lebron is a worse racist than any group.

  3. Lip Man 1
    8:57 pm July 2, 2020 Permalink

    What a farce…and did you read where today (Thursday) Rob Manfred (aka the Idiot) said MLB will be “lucky” (direct quote) to be able to get through a 60 game season.


    And the Big-12 has now started to address the thorny issue of what happens if you have to cancel / postpone games this fall because the virus won’t slow down:

  4. lizard king
    9:55 pm July 2, 2020 Permalink

    It’s a mockery now. They are only playing so the players can show themselves protesting America. Much like the nfl playing the black national anthem before the first games.

    How much can people just give in and now to pressure.

  5. GACAT
    10:16 pm July 2, 2020 Permalink

    Who gives a flip? It’s like two mules fighting over a turnip, “who cares” . I have not watched an NBA game in 20 years.

  6. T-Town Cat
    12:16 am July 3, 2020 Permalink

    People may be writing the obituaries for the MLB, NBA, and NFL by this time next year.