Taking care of the mental health and well-being of the players and the delegates of the many club teams inside the bubble in Angeles, Pampanga will be the primary concern of the Philippine Basketball Association.
Commissioner Willie Marcial said this after he and PBA officials went into a series of discussions over the past month with top executives of the National Basketball Association on their best practices and how they pulled off their own bubble in Orlando, Florida.
Giving the players and the team members of the clubs sources of entertainment was one of the many points that came out of their talks with NBA execs like Ernest Maurice VanDeWeghe III.
VanDeWeghe, who is the executive vice president for basketball operations of the NBA, has reached out to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president, and PBA governor Al Panlilio on the assistance that they can offer in helping the PBA improve on its bubble.
As for Marcial, he said that he has been in taks with Scott Levy, the executive vice president and managing director of NBA Asia.
“Nagbigay ng protocols ang NBA. Tumutulong na sila sa atin,” said Marcial during yesterday’s weekly online session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association.
Activities that will keep the players’ minds occupied when not playing or practicing are being discussed and suggested at the moment.
That’s because most of those who are in the bubble inside the Angeles University Foundation and at the Mimosa Golf and Country Club are away from their families.
With this suggestion, Marcial said movie nights, swimming and days of playing golf are in the pipeline.
“Salamat din sa NBA, dahil naging successful ang bubble nila,” said Marcial.
The NBA wants other leagues to learn from its success in conducting a big tournament during the coronavirus pandemic.
Last month, Levy shared that they were in discussions with PBA officials over their bubble setup in Orlando.
And their exchanges of ideas with officials of the PBA intensified after the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat reached the finals.