Report: Multiple NBA Players Called Adam Silver with Bubble Behavior Complaints

Blake SchusterAnalyst IIAugust 7, 2020

A COVID-19 warning is posted outside basketball arenas at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. NBA games will resume Thursday. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
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The NBA's bubble near Orlando, Florida, has yet to record a positive test for COVID-19, though apparently not all is going well at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  

During a Thursday NBA on TNT broadcast, Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported multiple players are "personally calling commissioner Adam Silver" with complaints about activities they've seen inside the bubble. 

The exact nature of the complaints remains unclear. 

Prior to the season resuming, the NBA established an anonymous tip line where players could voice concerns and complaints. The model has so far been effective with multiple players, including Los Angeles Lakers forward Dwight Howard, having been warned about their conduct on the campus. 

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the warnings were mostly due to players failing to wear masks or observe social distancing guidelines.

Marc Stein of the New York Times reported on August 2 teams were sent a notice to emphasize the use of face coverings and instructed clubs to designate a portion of their next team meeting to go over current protocols. Stein says steams were also reminded non-compliance could result in fines, suspensions or removal from the bubble. 

On Wednesday, the NBA and NBPA announced the results of 343 COVID-19 tests inside the bubble with zero returning a positive result. It's the second week in a row the league has reported no cases of the coronavirus on the Disney World campus.