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There are all sorts of frustrations that are expected to come with the NBA’s “bubble” plan for the season restart in Orlando, Florida at the end of this month.The league shut down in early March after Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 but the competition will resume with 22 teams playing games…

There are all sorts of frustrations that are expected to come with the NBA’s “bubble” plan for the season restart in Orlando, Florida at the end of this month.

The league shut down in early March after Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 but the competition will resume with 22 teams playing games without spectators in a quarantine bubble located at Walt Disney World.

American sportscaster Stephen A. Smith argued on ESPN’s First Take Tuesday that NBA players might not be able to last three weeks — let alone three months — without being able to have sex.

“Do we really think the ‘recreational activities’ that these guys are accustomed to are going to be compromised for three months?” Smith asked. “I mean, somebody’s gotta say it.

“You really, really think somebody’s gonna be without their wives or their woman? The guys that are married without their wives, the guys that ain’t married without their woman.

“You really, really think they’re honouring a bubble for three months?”

Under the NBA’s safety protocol, players aren’t allowed to bring a plus-one until after the first round of games in order to keep risks of a coronavirus outbreak to a minimum.

Family members who are permitted after the first round will have to quarantine for three days in another part of Orlando before they can enter the NBA’s Walt Disney World bubble, per the New York Times.

Players are not prevented from leaving the campus, but they would have to quarantine upon returning, so it is not expected that they will do so.

The NBA’s 113-page health and safety protocol guidelines say families can do the three-day quarantine in their home state, but it must be overseen by the team and all immediate family members must be tested for COVID-19.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said plentiful testing and contact tracing within the bubble should help the NBA contain positive tests within an isolated campus even as COVID-19 cases spike in Florida.

“If cases are isolated, that’s one thing,” Silver said. “But if we had a lot of cases, we’re going to stop.

“We are left with no choice but to learn to live with this virus. No options are risk-free right now.

“We’re looking to find the right balance between health and safety on one hand and economic necessity on the other.

“And what we think is we’ve found what makes sense for the NBA and that is a safe and responsible way to play.

“Our best understanding of this virus is that it’s not going away anytime soon so we feel we have to find a way to move forward and this is our way.”

The 2019-20 season is slated to resume on July 30, with the finals going no later than October 13.

This article first appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission

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