NBA Together: Mental Health PSA
Watch some of your favorite players from the NBA and WNBA deliver a powerful PSA regarding mental health.0:41
Giannis Antetokounmpo remembers how he and his family used to struggle finding consistent food and how it shapes him to this day. He encourages others to help those in need at this very difficult time. Go to NBATogether.com to learn more.0:48
Watch Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's PSA for the National Urban League highlighting communities of color.
The Philadelphia 76ers' plane has landed in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday night. For the last few weeks now, Sixers players have been back in Philly and New Jersey working out at the team's practice facility in Camden.
While players had yet to be cleared for working out with one another, they are one step closer to getting back into basketball shape as the NBA's bubble is officially open for business. Over the next two days or so, Sixers players will quarantine in their hotels.
Then, all NBA players at the bubble will undergo a COVID-19 test to ensure they are healthy and ready to partake in training camp 2.0. So far, the team has steered clear of any COVID-19 cases -- so the Sixers are on the right path at the moment.
Now, the team is hopeful that keeps up. Earlier in the week, several Sixers expressed concern for the NBA's return to action in the bubble. Notably, Sixers All-Star center Joel Embiid admitted he was hesitant to come to the season's restart.
Not because Embiid doesn't trust the NBA, but because he doesn't believe all players will follow the safety precautions. As expected, Embiid's comment created a ton of buzz over the last couple of days -- so he made sure to travel cautiously in style by rocking a hazmat suit on the team's plane.
If all goes right over the next couple of days, the Sixers will have the opportunity to start practicing for the first three scrimmages and the final eight games of the regular season. The Sixers' first scrimmage will take place on Friday, July 24th, against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Sixers' season will resume on August 1st, against Indiana.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can follow him on Twitter: @JGrasso_
It’s time to embrace the bubble. We’ve now seen masked LeBron, this thing is happening.
While some guys may not be exactly thrilled with the accommodations, it looks pretty good to me.
And one thing is for sure, this is about to be a unique experience for everyone.
As I’ve said before, I appreciate that the NBA has a plan. So if you want to be excited about sports coming back, this may be your best chance. The best athletes in the world are all in the same place and are about to be competing for a championship that I believe will deserve an exclamation point rather than an asterisk. And considering the circumstances, it is going to take a unique level of focus and commitment to make it happen.
So, I’m officially ready for Zion to get a proper debut, to see what James Harden, Russell Westbrook and the Rockets can do, to watch Luka, KP and the Mavs, for CP3 to lead SGA and the Thunder and to find out how the Raptors, Sixers, Celtics and Heat can shake up the East. And of course for Giannis and the Bucks, Kawhi and the Clippers and LeBron and the Lakers to be back in action.
Given the unknown and unprecedented nature of the situation for all teams and players involved, I’d put my money on the most proven commodity in James. But I’m ready to salute whoever wins.
And I’m sure the eventual champs will be ready to celebrate, anywhere but Disney World.