Sue Bird has witnessed many things in her stellar WNBA career, Olympics, and the Olympics. While it is nothing compared to life in the NBA bubble. The 39-year-old guard who plays for the Seattle storm is trying to adjust in the bubble.
All the 12 teams playing in the tournament have been accommodated at a single site. It is the IMG academy situated in Bradenton in Florida. The WNBA association is hoping to play the entire season consisting of 22 games in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a telephonic interview, Bird said that the bubble is a part of the summer camp. It is mixed with an AAU tournament in which the players can also feel like they are in college. The Olympic village is also mixed along with playing overseas.
It has been two weeks since the experiment with the coaches and the players are trying their best to adjust to the WNBA bubble in Florida.
Breanna Stewart who is the teammate of Bird said that it is a lot like overseas but far more easy as there is access for the things as order is allowed, also it is fun as you will not be alone with a lot of friends around. Coming to the bubble and knowing how all the things have come to fruition is a relief for the players. However, Stewart feels it will pay dividends and everybody should stick to the guideline and be safe. It a matter of trust that all the members in the bubble will be safe.
Players have the pleasure of choosing their stay.
Stewart has been accommodated at a villa and some of her storm team members are sharing the villa with her, whereas Bird is living in the hotel on site. The players were offered to choose where ever they wanted to be put up.
The street at the location of the villa which is situated at a distance of a few minutes from the hotel has a sense of a sorority row.
All the teams have been given 2 golf carts for moving around, the golf carts are parked in front of the villas, which has the operation staffing and the players accommodated. Atlanta has put the logo of the tea on the front of its carts.
Players from rival teams can bump into each other many times a day and say hello, said Sabrina Ionescu from the New York guard. She is feeling similar to the Nike Nationals AAU tournament. Players are eating or spending time in the swimming pool with the rival who will be facing them on the court the next day.