What It’s Like Playing Basketball Inside the NBA’s COVID Bubble

The NBA and WNBA isolated players so they could continue working through the pandemic.
May 28, 2021, 8:15am
Fans cheer among cardboard cutouts during the COVID-19 pandemic, before Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Los Angeles.
Fans cheer among cardboard cutouts during the COVID-19 pandemic, before Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

To salvage their 2020 season during the coronavirus pandemic, the WNBA and NBA create a “bubble” in which players and staff are walled off from the rest of the world. We follow two players, Monique Billings, a starting forward for the Atlanta Dream, and Udonis Haslem, captain of the Miami Heat, during their first months inside the bubble.

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