NBA to expand mental health resources for players in bubble season restart
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The NBA plans to expand mental health resources for players staying at the ESPN Wide World of Sports campus in Florida, where the league is set to restart the 2019-2020 season at the end of the month.

USA Today reported Tuesday that a number of provisions have been made for players set to spend weeks at the campus with many hours in isolation, unable to see family members or visit teammates in their rooms as the league takes precautions against COVID-19. Among the provisions include 24/7 access to an on-site clinician.

"Mental health is the biggest thing that a lot of us players think of first, right, because although a lot of us always look like we’re all together or that we’re fine ... that’s not always the case, especially coming out of quarantine and a lot of us being in situations that we’ve never been in before, and now we’re going into an even tougher situation," said Chris Paul, guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder and head of the National Basketball Players Association.


The campus will also have several on-site recreation rooms for teams, according to USA Today, and other self-care exercises including team excursions are being encouraged by the league.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver acknowledged that players and staff were making a "tremendous sacrifice" by agreeing to stay on the campus while Florida and other states are beset by concerns about rising coronavirus cases.

"There’s no doubt there’s tremendous sacrifice that everyone is making who’s going to be part of this campus in order to restart the league, and so we’re going to have to keep a close eye on these issues," Silver told USA Today.