Over the past several months, one of the talking points among team owners and athletes for playing games amid the coronavirus pandemic has been whether or not family members would be allowed to join players at bubble sites that house clubs and league personnel.
The National Basketball Players Association may have provided an answer for how the NBA will handle that issue.
As was expected, the NBPA announced on Friday that it has approved the 22-team model that involves teams convening at Orlando's Walt Disney World Resort to complete the 2019-20 season that was suspended on March 11 because of the virus outbreak.
It's believed games will tip off on July 31.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that family members will be allowed to arrive at the temporary basketball hub three at a time following the first round of the playoffs:
The NBPA player leadership was informed of a plan to keep 1,600 people in Orlando bubble at any given time, sources tell ESPN. Player families will be allowed to arrive after first-round of playoffs — likely three members at a time.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 5, 2020
Wojnarowski added that NBA players and family members will be separated from others who are visiting the Disney resort during the summer:
For those visiting Disney World this summer and hoping to see an active NBA player roaming the parks and getting on rides, well, the NBPA made it clear that won't be happening for players, nor the family members joining them, sources said.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 5, 2020
Marc Stein of the New York Times added that family members will have to quarantine in Orlando for one week:
Union members were advised today that family members arriving at the start of the second round of the playoffs would also have to quarantine in Orlando for seven days, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 5, 2020
As part of a 24-team format to crown a 2020 Stanley Cup champion, the NHL will place two groups of clubs and other personnel at a pair of bubble sites. The league hasn't yet announced those cities.
On Thursday, ESPN's Emily Kaplan reported it's not yet known if family members will be able to travel with players.