Australian NBA star Joe Ingles is open to playing an entire NBA season inside a bubble if the coronavirus continues to effect sport next year.
He even revealed league officials had already spoken to the players about the potential of tutors for their children.
Ingles’ stand come as NBA Players Association (NBPA) executive director Michele Roberts said the league could be forced to remain in a bubble for the 2020-21 season amid the pandemic.
As the NBA prepares to resume on Friday morning Australian time, Roberts believes the league might have to stay in its current format next season.
“If tomorrow looks like today, I don‘t know how we say we can do it differently,“ Roberts told ESPN.
“If tomorrow looks like today, and today we all acknowledge — and this is not Michele talking, this is the league, together with the PA and our respective experts saying, ‘This is the way to do it’ — then that’s going to have to be the way to do it.”
There have been more than 16 million confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide and at least 660,400 deaths.
In the United States, over 152,000 people have died from almost 4.5 million casualties.
Australian NBA star Joe Ingles with his wife Renae and their three-year-old twins Jacob and Milla in Utah. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
Ingles said NBA officials had spoken to players about how schooling may work for their children if the league was forced to continue in the bubble for a season.
“There is a lot that would have to happen, but there have been discussion of bringing in tutors and a little classroom school,” Ingles said.
“That is the level that it would have to be at, but the NBA is one of the best businesses in the world, and if anyone was going to pull it off, the NBA could.
“I guess if it is the only option and that is what we have to do, then that is what guys are going to do.
“Obviously, we’d love to play but I think the business and money side of it is a big part of it.
“Teams are losing money; players don’t want to lose their money. There might be a guy in the last year of his career that might really need an x amount of dollars that he has made.
“So many people are in different situations, but we’ll see. I hope things go back to normal and I can go and live in my house in Utah and drive to practice, but we will see what happens.”
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Ingles believes the main challenge of extending the bubble for a full season, which would be a minimum of six months, would be including loved ones.
“Guys aren’t going without their families,” he said.
“We were talking about this the other night my significant others would be my family.
“But for one of my teammates it might be his brother or his mum, so finding the balance of how many people and where you do that to have enough accommodation for 30 teams, including 40 staff and players in our group and that was a really small number that the NBA were trying to keep tight so we weren’t having too many people.
“If you are there all year you have to bring extra people.”
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