On June 26, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association finalized a deal that would allow the 2019-20 season, which was canceled because of coronavirus, to return starting on July 30.
A total of 22 teams will be participating and the venue for all of the games will be at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The enclosed environment where the athletes will be living, training and playing games is being called “the bubble.”
Fans and players were thrilled about the development, but some excitement faltered when Denver Nuggets player Troy Daniels first shared a picture on his Instagram Stories, which showed the food players were being provided.
Troy Daniels’ dinner on Night 1 inside the NBA Bubble. pic.twitter.com/cVYfuwSzxQ
— Harrison Wind (@HarrisonWind) July 8, 2020
This measly meal would maybe be fine for a cross-country flight, but Troy Daniels is 6-foot-4. The average professional basketball player requires around 3,750 calories a day, according to USA Basketball.
Immediately, people began comparing the meal to what was shared during the disastrous Fyre Festival, an infamously chaotic music festival invented by entrepreneur Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule that scammed hundreds of influencers and workers out of tons of money.
Needless to say, Twitter had a field day with the NBA bubble image.
I had this exact meal in Middle School https://t.co/2gUvNCnCBq
— Clutch NBA (@ClutchNBAat5R) July 8, 2020
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
Later, Brooklyn Nets point guard Chris Chiozza shared a similar image, but with the added bonus of plain penne pasta and chicken.
Marc Stein, an NBA writer for the New York Times, replied to the backlash on Twitter and explained that once players can come out of self-isolation in their respective hotel rooms, the food will be much better.
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
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