Udonis Haslem on possibly playing in a ‘bubble’: “There is a mental health part of things”

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Udonis Haslem talked about playing inside a “bubble” without fans on a possible NBA season return.

The Miami Heat veteran believes that the most difficult part of the process will be the mental aspect of the situation.

“Being away from our families and all of those different things like that, those are things we have to work through,” Haslem said to reporters, per CBS Miami. “There is a mental health part of things. You can’t just stick guys in a cage, let them out to play and then lock them back up again. It don’t work like that either.”

On the other hand, he deemed that if they had to play without fans, “so be it”.

“If we have to play without fans then so be it,” Haslem noted. “You put an alpha male in a competitive setting you know they start to compete.”

The Heat’s veteran forward was among various members of the team that returned to the organization’s practice facility for the first time since the league issued an order to close the facilities in March.