“Look Forward to It”: Kevin Durant Discusses Potential Bubble for Upcoming NBA and WNBA Seasons

Published 08/27/2020, 9:37 AM EDT


After being swept in the first round by the Toronto Raptors, the season has ended for the Brooklyn Nets. They missed their best players in the bubble as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving stayed back due to injuries.

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Now looking forward to the next season, Durant discussed with WNBA players Breanna Stewart and Kelsey Plum about a potential bubble for the 2020-21 season.

“It’s probably going to be the same operation,” Durant said. “Just can’t leave the bubble. Super isolated and get tested every day. I’ll have to go through it now. But I heard stories about it and a lot of my peers are telling me what’s going down there (Orlando bubble). I guess I got to look forward to it but we’ll see.”

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Kevin Durant: Starting a new chapter at Brooklyn

With the pandemic situation not being completely solved, a bubble or empty arenas could be the solution. Teams have already started selling season tickets, but the idea of thousands of fans being clustered together is still unsafe.

The NBA is yet to announce how they will proceed with the upcoming season. Since a lot of the revenue comes just from ticket sales, the league risks losing a lot of money if they continue to play without fans.

After being injured in the 2019 NBA Finals, Durant hasn’t played since then. But in the upcoming season, he is going to be a force for the Nets. After terrorizing the Western Conference with the Thunder and the Warriors, he will be playing in the Eastern Conference for the first time in his career.

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With Durant and Irving, the Nets will be expected to challenge for the title. They have never won it yet, after two consecutive failed Finals appearances back in 2002 and 2003. Hall of Famer Jason Kidd was their best player back then.

Before the season begins, the Nets also have to find a head coach. They have been with interim Jacque Vaughn since March after they fired Kenny Atkinson. After rumors linking them to Gregg Popovich popped up, GM Sean Marks talked it down. Currently, Tyronn Lue looks like the prime candidate for the job.

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After being a fun team to watch two seasons back, the Nets will now be a dangerous team that will not be messing around.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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