Update: July 15, 2020
It seems that for some NBA players in the Orlando bubble, the questionable food menu was too much to bare. Richaun Holmes of the Sacramento Kings left the bubble after the initial quarantine period to pick up a food delivery, and he is now required to self quarantine for 10 days to ensure he is free of the coronavirus.
“After the initial quarantine period, I briefly and accidentally crossed the NBA campus line to pick up a food delivery. I am currently in quarantine and have 8 days left. I apologize for my actions and look forward to rejoining my teammates for our playoff push,” Holmes wrote in a statement posted to Twitter.
It’s unclear what it is that Holmes ordered, but one thing’s for sure…it wasn’t his mother’s cooking. The basketball player’s mother took to Twitter to poke fun at her son for crossing the campus boundaries for takeout.
“You only cross the line for your MOMA’s COOKING! AND I WAS NOT IN FLORIDA SIR!!” she tweeted.
— Dr. Lydecia Holmes (@DrLydecia) July 13, 2020
As of July 13, two of the 322 NBA players tested for COVID-19 upon their arrival to the Orlando bubble have tested positive and been sent home to self isolate, according to an NBA press release.
Original Post: July 8, 2020
Sports games were cancelled at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to keep players and fans safe, but the NBA found a new way to get the upcoming season started. Teams are living in the “NBA bubble” located in Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports, where they will live and play games in isolation as to not contract the virus. While in said bubble, players have been sharing photos of their meals and, well…people have some thoughts!
Troy Daniels of the Denver Nuggets has been documenting his experience so far and shared a photo on his Instagram story of the dinner he was given while self-quarantining in his room.
The meal, which looks more like a hodge-podge of snacks, includes a bag of Stacey’s pita chips, trail mix, watermelon, mixed greens, a bread roll, and other small containers full of vaguely edible items. Troy also shared a photo of the menu that outlined what the food actually was, which mentioned a goat cheese raspberry vinaigrette, tomato and mozzarella caprese salad, Italian grilled chicken, white fish with tomato and dill, parmesan polenta with sun-dried tomatoes, pasta with Impossible bolognese, and roasted veggies.
Chris Chiozza of the Brooklyn Nets was another player who posted a photo of the food to his Instagram, this time with the caption “Dinner Time.” People on Twitter were quick to respond to the photos, with many drawing comparisons to Fyre Festival and airplane food.
nba players are risking life and limb to play in this bubble and they’re literally getting fed airline food https://t.co/RiGYbvgUxn
— arbys says BLM (@Danno2430) July 8, 2020
Others joked there is no way big name players like LeBron James were eating the food provided in the bubble. Truly, it’s not the amount of food that makes these meals so confusing (because there does seem to be a lot of sustenance there), it’s the fact that nothing makes sense together. Why is the watermelon touching the lettuce? Why does the pasta look like that? Why is the bread in such a big bag? What…part of a chicken is that?
Food in the NBA bubble changes after quarantines are completed. Player meals won’t look like airline trays after the first 48 hours …
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 8, 2020
Thankfully, Marc Stein of The New York Times did confirm that these questionable meals are temporary and will only last while the players are quarantining alone. Therefore, it looks like a slice of bread with cheese on it a la Fyre Fest won’t be on the menu anytime soon. What a relief.
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