There's no place like home. Twenty-two teams will head to Orlando next week, but their courts have already made the trip. According to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, each of the NBA’s remaining teams had floorboards from their actual home arenas shipped to Disney World, where workers are still assembling them.
Nichols shared a photo of Indiana and Miami’s home hardwoods, which will be used for practices once teams arrive in Orlando. Judging by the surrounding carpet, the league will stage its practices in what appears to be an enormous ballroom. Teams practicing simultaneously on adjacent courts could make for a hectic scene, but it may be the best the NBA can do given the circumstances.
While the courts are accompanying teams to Orlando, there was no need to pack backboards and irons as Southeastern University in nearby Lakewood will supply the hoops for Disney’s ballroom practice-palooza. The Pacers and Heat are sitting pretty but as the above photo of a flatbed stacked sky-high with wooden floorboards would suggest, there’s still much work to be done as the NBA prepares its facilities ahead of next week’s training camp.
Twenty-five of the 351 players headed to the bubble have tested positive for COVID-19 including Spencer Dinwiddie of the Nets and Kings sharp-shooter Buddy Hield. A handful of healthy players (Avery Bradley and Davis Bertans among them) have opted out of the NBA’s upcoming Orlando slate, though the vast majority will be in attendance when play resumes on July 30.