“Wary of What We Were Saying”: Miami Heat’s Duncan Robinson Shares His Peculiar Experience of Playing Inside Orlando Bubble

Published 07/28/2020, 7:00 PM EDT
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Miami Heat player Duncan Robinson recently appeared on the Dan Patrick Show. The interview took place virtually from his hotel room in Orlando. The Orlando bubble is a solution for the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to conduct the scrimmages. NBA will resume its 2019-20 season on July 30. Players started to arrive at the Walt Disney World Complex in Orlando from July 7 onwards.

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All the players have to ensure that they uphold social distancing measures in the wake of the deadly virus. Moreover, they have to adhere to a safety protocol handbook. This includes all the necessary measurements required during this situation.

The players were to remain quarantined in their hotel rooms until they test negative for at least two coronavirus tests. On the upside, players have access to every facility imaginable. This includes a player’s lounge area with television and gaming facilities, spas, bowling, restaurants, movie screenings, and so on.

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Duncan Robinson on a game without the fans

Robinson’s interview with Dan Patrick started on a light note where they discuss Jared Smith’s underwear concerns. Finally, the two touched upon the Orlando Bubble. Duncan discussed how he feels playing in the bubble after all this while.

Duncan Robinson emphasizes on the fact that “It’s definitely a little different”. He goes ahead and discusses the atmosphere of the court. “The atmosphere.. being so quite really. Some of the conversations you hear during the game which you normally wouldn’t be able to hear. whether it’s on the bench or among the players’.  However, speaking from personal experience, he says he is used to the silence as the G League games tend to be quiet.

The next question thrown at him was, “Do you think you need to modify what you say?” Duncan is quick to respond and says that that is definitely something that the players learned very quickly, that conversations on mics are caught easily.  He then goes on to narrate a story and says, “One of our video guys who spends the entire game in the locker room, basically cutting up film, was saying that he was picking up conversation on the court and just told all of us to be wary of what we were saying”.

Jimmy Butler on the court

A follow-up question about who Duncan Robinson thinks from his team is most likely to say something inappropriate. Robinson takes Jimmy Butler‘s name and says, “He is a very open personality and kind of says what’s on his mind so I would maybe worry about something being picked up that the public shouldn’t hear.”

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This new experience of playing without the audience around to watch has certainly been a roller coaster ride with lots of ups and downs.

Catch the full interview of Duncan Robinson on the Dan Patrick Show below:

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SOURCE: Duncan Robinson on the Dan Patrick Show (Full Interview) 07/24/20

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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