From Fishing to Golf to DJ: A Look Into How NBA Players Are Enjoying Themselves Inside the Disney World Bubble

Published 07/17/2020, 6:30 AM EDT


Over the past week, each of the 22 NBA teams made their way into the Orlando bubble. As per the proposed format, there will be scrimmage games followed by the revised regular-season. Thus, the players will be in there for a long time and a few of them have already begun to explore the various actives they can engage themselves in. 

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It is certainly a challenging task for the athletes to stay away from their families for two months or maybe even more. To keep themselves distracted from the thoughts, the players are having fun inside the Disney World Resort!

Not all the teams are put inside the same hotel. If they had it would’ve been absolute chaos (in a fun way though). Honestly, the players look extremely excited to explore the luxuries and the facilities provided by the NBA in order for them to have a relaxing time when they aren’t at practice or playing games. 

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What are the players up to inside the NBA bubble?

Well, the Disney World Resort is spread around a humungous area, so the players can choose from a huge list of activities to dive into. They can go out and engage themselves with nature, or decide to stay inside their rooms and connect with each other virtually. 

Since entry into the bubble is strictly restricted for fans, we may not get much content to view. But the players themselves are documenting their activities for us to watch and enjoy. Since it will be hard to keep track of what everyone is doing individually, a noble person is doing the job for us. A page named NBA Bubble Life on Twitter is constantly trying to update on the recent activities of the players. If you take a look into the account, you can find yourself watching several videos of various players posting updates about their time inside the bubble. So what are they up to?

Gaming

NBA players love to game. There are several players like Paul George, Devin Booker, and Ben Simmons who love to game and stream it for their fans as well. Earlier, Quin Cook decided to hop into NBA 2K and spend time playing the game. But that’s not all, he was joined by his teammates LeBron James and Anthony Davis, which made the serves go berserk. 

Everybody started following Bron and AD once they knew these guys were on the servers. Quinn Cook is an avid gamer who plays a lot of games. When LBJ and Davis joined Cook on his 2K game, the servers crashed as a result of too many people swarming the trio. 

Fishing

Who doesn’t love summer fishing? Well, the NBA stars certainly seem like they love to fish. A number of athletes were spotted with their fishing rods and a few of them even won themselves a decent catch too!

The LA Clippers recently decided to go fishing and found themselves on the winning side yet again! Teammates Paul George and Montrezl Harrell posted videos of their best catch and the list doesn’t stop with the Clippers.

Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Darius Bazley might be the winner of the unofficial fishing contest as the 20-year-old posted videos of his uncontrollable excitement while fishing. The young forward looks extremely excited in the process and his teammates have also put him into the All-Bubble Fishing first team!

Cornhole

The OKC boys are at it again! This time 10X All-Star Chris Paul is a part of the action too. The trio of CP3, Darius Bazley, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander played a game of cornhole and there was a lot of trash-talking involved. Ultimately, experience triumphed talent as CP3 took home the victory after Bazley failed to step-up with a clutch shot!

Shotgun challenge

NBA players need a boost here and there to keep them going. JJ Redick threw a challenge at the NBA twitter world and was overwhelmed by the results. The Pelicans star asked for 10,000 retweets within a particular time-frame which was easily achieved by the fans. Thus, as per his word, the 36-year-old “shotgunned” a can of Bud Light while relaxing his muscles in an ice bath. 

This challenge didn’t end there. Redick did complete the challenge and then he saw another competitor arise. Miami Heat big man Meyers Leonard took on the challenge and finished it with ease. The 28-year-old consumed a can of Coors Light in just 2.5 seconds which drove him to name himself the king of the bubble. 

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There are a lot more activities the players are indulging themselves in. There’s an arcade section which would certainly lure the players into trying their talents with the machines.

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 Playing golf is also another way of passing away time for the players. The players seem to be enjoying themselves inside the bubble one way or the other. However, all these activities will have to see an end when the season resumes. When the league restarts, it is the duty of these athletes to go out and maintain focus on the court. 22 teams battling it out for the championship is going to be super exciting!

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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