The NBA wants to do something for those teams that didn’t qualify for the Orlando bubble. The league is finalizing a second bubble site in Chicago, which will host the eight teams who will not play in Orlando, according to ESPN‘s Jackie MacMullan.
Teams are expected to arrive in Chicago in September, then hold a training camp before games are played. It’s unlikely those games–or more aptly, scrimmages–will count toward the 2019-20 standings.
The eight teams that did not receive an invite to Orlando were the Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Golden State Warriors.
The second bubble will give those teams a chance to get in work and develop talent when they might otherwise have been on hiatus from the suspension of play this past March until next season’s scheduled to start in December.
The second bubble idea is a smart measure for competitive balance purposes, but this seems like a major unnecessary health risk.
The NBA doesn’t need a second bubble. They need to make sure the first one is legit airtight and Rona free.