Adjustment period for PBA players as bubble life starts in Clark

A welcome sign for the huge contingent of PBA teams. (Photo from BCDA Group)

The first batch of players who arrived Monday are slowly adjusting to the new environment inside the Quest Hotel as they prepare for a lengthy life inside the bubble in Clark, Pampanga.

Since checking in, the players, coaches and staff of Magnolia, TNT, Meralco, Phoenix Super LPG, Terra Firma have been undergoing quarantine inside their rooms as part of the protocols that will be observed.

Before settling in at Quest, players underwent a swab testing procedure with sanitizing and social distancing measures being practiced by everyone, including hotel employees.

Photo from BCDA Group.

“Actually nakakatuwa kasi talagang sinu-sure ng PBA na safe 'yung mga papasok dito sa hotel,” Magnolia’s Paul Lee said from his hotel room during Monday’s episode of 2OT.

Two persons are allowed each room, according to Lee and the other social media posts of players Monday evening. In fact, they brought everything they thought are essential in preparation for a long grind in Clark.

In fact, Lee said he and roommate Jackson Corpuz will place a mini table in between their beds so they can have a spot to drink coffee.

Lee also said that Quest Hotel employees, who are also observing the standard health protocols by wearing masks and face shields, are not only accommodating but also thrilled of having to host the PBA contingent.

“Nakikita mo sa mga mukha nila na kahit naka-mask sila nakikita mo sa mga mata nila na excited sila,” said Lee. “Siyempre may kasabihan tayo na sa mata makikita mo na kung masaya 'yung tao, and very accommodating sila. 'Yun nga bawal lumabas mga players pero kapag tumawag ka sa telepono ang bilis ng response nila.”

Photo from BCDA Group.

The final batch of teams are due to arrive Tuesday to complete the cast for the Clark bubble.

San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra, NLEX, Rain or Shine, NorthPort, Alaska and Blackwater will also be tested and undergo quarantine on their hotel rooms before they and the five other clubs can start 5-on-5 scrimmages at Angeles University Foundation.

The scrimmages will last until the resumption of the PBA Philippine Cup on Oct. 11, also the AUF campus.