While some NBA players are not all in on having to remain in the NBA bubble when play resumes, Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker doesn’t have a problem with it. The C’s star says he doesn’t get out much anyway, so being restricted to one area will not be a problem for him.
Walker shared his thoughts on the bubble with The Athletic. Here’s what he said:
“I’m a single man with no kids, so I’ma be fine. All I do is stay in the house anyways, so there’s nothing wrong with me staying in the room. I’m actually looking forward to it cause I’m ready to play basketball. And it’s going to be set up so we can have fun.”
With the coronavirus pandemic still going on, many people have been more homebound than usual. NBA stars are clearly no exception. Some players still have their apprehensions of how safe it will be with COVID-19 being an active threat in all states — very much including Florida, where the bubble is — but Walker has faith in the protocols.
“I think we’re going to be pretty safe and secluded in the bubble,” Walker said.
Since the NBA began testing players in late June, 25 of 351 players tested positive for COVID-19.
Walker’s teammate Gordon Hayward will have a slightly different experience in the bubble. He plans to leave when his wife goes into labor with their fourth child if the Celtics are still playing when it happens.
“That’s a pretty easy decision for me on that. I’ve been there for the birth of all my children,” he said.
When NBA play was suspended in March, the Celtics stood in third place in the East. Despite the time apart, Walker says the team dynamic allows them to pick up where things left off.
“From Day 1 with this team, our vibe, our chemistry was already there for a very long time. So the first time you see anybody, it’s like we were just together yesterday. That’s just the team that we have, we’re so close,” he said.