The NBA is working on a plan to finalize a second “bubble” in Chicago for the teams, which were not invited in Orlando for the season restart.
However, most NBA coaches of the “Delete-Eight” prefer holding their own training mini-camp in their cities than going in on a second bubble, per ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan.
Pistons coach Dwane Casey said he took an informal poll among the coaches who are not in Orlando, and he says the majority of them prefer holding their own mini-camps.
“We’d rather do that than go to the bubble,” Casey said, “because unlike those teams in Orlando, we wouldn’t be playing for the same reason.
“The reason we want these mini-camps is to get our team together, to have that camaraderie, to improve and enjoy some competition. We feel we can do that safely in our own environment. We can’t let these guys sit around from March 11 to December without something. It’s going to hurt their careers. It’s too long of a layoff.”
The Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks are the eight teams that will not participate in the Orlando “bubble”.
Furthermore, several players, especially veterans, voiced their concerns around a second bubble away from their team’s base.