(Reuters) – The National Basketball Association (NBA) resumes this week, more than four months after the COVID-19 outbreak forced the abrupt suspension of the season.
FILE PHOTO: Advertising displays of NBA basketball star LeBron James can be seen in downtown Los Angeles, California, before he made his home debut for Los Angeles Lakers two years ago, October 19, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo
Games will be taking place without fans inside a quarantined-safe site at Orlando, Florida’s Walt Disney World. The scene will look far different from the packed arenas the players left behind in March.
Here are five storylines to watch:
IT’S A SMALL WORLD
The NBA’s super-sized stars will be eating, sleeping and competing within a single bio-secure site for the rest of the season.
With the Finals running as late as Oct. 13, some players will spend more than three months away from family and friends. A handful of players are already lamenting about the lack of freedom and home comforts available within the bubble. [nL8N2EF5KV] [nL3N2ES1I8]
GETTING BACK INTO BASKETBALL SHAPE
After nearly four months away from team mates, players