As ESPN's Royce Young explained, rules for inside the NBA "bubble" site at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for the 22-team format to complete the 2019-20 season amid the coronavirus pandemic prevent activities such as doubles table tennis to enforce social-distancing guidelines.
Players won't be socially distant while on the court, though, which is why San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan believes some of the protocols presented to players are absurd.
DeRozan spoke with reporters about the NBA restart on Thursday:
"The ping-pong thing is ridiculous, to be honest. Guys can't do this, but we can do this and battle over each other? That part just don't make no sense to me. I got through 10 lines of the handbook and just put it down because it became so frustrating and overwhelming at times, because you just never thought you'd be in a situation of something like this. So it's hard to process."
DeRozan, who has a player option for next season, is the latest individual to criticize or mock the Association's guidelines to keep personnel as safe as possible while quarantining and competing in Florida, where uncontrolled virus outbreaks continue to pop up throughout the state.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard joked on Wednesday that some of his peers will break rules presented in the league's handbook despite warnings or restrictions. Meanwhile, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal said during a videoconference that living in the bubble will be challenging for players used to having free rein while on the road.
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