Joel Embiid recently said that he's been pleasantly surprised by his time in the bubble, admitting that though he had his doubts, it's actually been a good time.
The one thing he specifically mentioned that he missed, though, was spending time with his family.
But Embiid need not worry any longer, so long as he's comfortable with inviting his family members inside the Orlando bubble -- and so long as the Sixers make it past the first round of the playoffs, which doesn't seem too promising. The NBA and the Players Association came to an agreement regarding guidelines for having guests inside the bubble, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The guidelines are as follows:
- Starting after the first round of the playoffs, each player will be allowed to invite four guests, though that total can be raised with child guests.
- Each player can have one guest -- plus an additional guest if it's a child -- attend a playoff game.
- Family and "established longstanding personal friends" will be allowed, while individuals who the players have not previously met or have had only limited in-person interactions with will not be allowed.
- Player guests must quarantine for a total of seven days, either all in Orlando, or split between the team's market and Orlando.
These rules will not allow for guests such as dating app partners, which Stephen A. Smith had expressed concern over when the bubble concept became a reality.