Celtics Beat: Should the NBA Return For Disney Orlando Playoffs?

The COVID-19 risk remains given Florida's exploding coronavirus cases and unwillingness to turn back on its reopening plan.

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Adam Kaufman and Evan Valenti brought back Celtics Beat Podcast this week with a central question weeks before the C’s fly to Orlando: should the NBA call this off entirely?

Grant Williams and the Celtics remain committed to the playoff run at Walt Disney World. Other players around the league like Wilson Chandler, Deandre Jordan and Avery Bradley backed out for personal, sickness and family reasons. Kaufman and Valenti scanned the rapidly rising numbers on their CLNS Media podcast, both doubting the league can move forward with staffers moving in and out of the bubble.

With 10 players already dropped out for injury and personal reasons and more likely to come, along with the bad public relations and legitimate risks of entering a COVID-19 hot spot, Celtics Beat asks: should the NBA cancel the Walt Disney World Playoffs? Evan Valenti and Adam Kaufman emphasize that it's not a true bubble, as Disney employees enter and leave the site freely. Full conversation here: https://dai.ly/x7ur4ucThe CLNS Media Network is the leading provider for video/audio content. CLNS is a fully credentialed member of the media with access to all NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB teams & venues.———————————————————————————VISIT US AT https://clnsmedia.comFor CLNS Media Production Studio, go to http://youtube.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on Twitter – @CLNSMediaFollow CLNS Media on Facebook – http://facebook.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on INSTA – http://Instagram.com/clnsmediaDownload the FREE CLNS Media mobile app for iOS & GooglePlay

“I’m surprised that we haven’t seen more people like that back out,” Valenti said. “I know Commissioner Silver has done a great job trying to appease all the parties … I just have a problem with I don’t think there’s totally a safe way to do this if employees from Disney that work there can come in and out of the bubble as they please.”

Florida's coronavirus cases hit 14% positive rate and increase 275% over the past two weeks. The state is ground zero in a massive coronavirus resurgence after much of the US opened in the spring. Adam Silver reiterated that the NBA is moving forward unless there is a massive internal spread. With the Nuggets shutting down their practice facility, 10 players already out of the fold and critics harping the league's decision will there be basketball on July 31? The CLNS Media Network is the leading provider for video/audio content. CLNS is a fully credentialed member of the media with access to all NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB teams & venues.———————————————————————————VISIT US AT https://clnsmedia.comFor CLNS Media Production Studio, go to http://youtube.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on Twitter – @CLNSMediaFollow CLNS Media on Facebook – http://facebook.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on INSTA – http://Instagram.com/clnsmediaDownload the FREE CLNS Media mobile app for iOS & GooglePlay

Positive test rates increased to 14% in Florida this past week, with an average of 5,000 new positive cases per day. Orange County stands among the hardest hit locations in the epicenter of the second COVID-19 surge. Wilson Chandler directly attributed that risk of infection, given the health of his grandmother, as the reason for backing out.

“I am fearful of this thing coming to a crashing end either before it gets started or once it gets underway and you have all those teams there,” Kaufman said.