NBA Roundup: No bursting the bubble as stars rejoin their ballclubs in Orlando

Published July 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

by Manila Bulletin Sports

Woj has learned his lessons
ESPN veteran reporter and NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski (Photo from Adrian Wojnarowski’s Twitter account)

ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski said he wasn’t proud of the profane email he sent to a US senator which cost him a two-week suspension.

He returned to work last Friday and this means that more “Woj bombs” are coming and no more of the “F-bomb” that sent him to limbo.

Back to the bubble for Zion
Lonzo Ball #2 and Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans talk during practice as part of the NBA Restart 2020 on July 13, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. (Joe Murphy / NBAE via Getty Images / AFP)

Zion Williamson has returned to the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida.

However, his team, the New Orleans Pelicans, will have to wait for him to finish mandatory four-day quarantine before rejoining.

He had been tested for COVID-19 and turned up negative. The 6-foot-6 power forward had earlier left Disney World for an urgent medical matter in the family.

Taking the knee against racial injustice

What do the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers, reigning champion Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, and Miami Heat have in common?

These teams are planning to take a knee while the US national anthem is playing when they take the court on their opening nights at the bubble to protest racial injustice in the US.

What the effect will be is still unknown but athletes in other professional sports leagues in the US have made such a move to divided reaction.

I feel good — Bucks’ Bledsoe
Eric Bledsoe
Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe (Photo by EZRA SHAW / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe is back with the team in Orlando and is ready to take the court again.

Bledsoe, who had recovered from COVID-19, said: “Just touching the basketball, getting a feel for it again, it was pretty fun.”

Also rejoining his team in Orlando after a bout with COVID-19 is Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes.

However, like Zion, he has to undergo quarantine upon arrival.

An urgent family matter prompted Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers to leave the bubble. Citing personal reason, also leaving Orlando is Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams.

Both are expected to be back soon and must undergo quarantine for four days in a Disney World hotel.

Rockets’ dynamic duo back in orbit
James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets (Cato Cataldo / NBAE via Getty Images / AFP)

Superstar duo  James Harden and Russell Westbrook have rejoined the Houston Rockets at the bubble.

Westbrook had earlier tested positive for COVID-19. Partner Harden initially didn’t report to Orlando with the team due to a family matter. (Compiled by Tristan Lozano)