Utah Jazz Rudy Gobert isn't really a big fan of the NBA setting up an anonymous tip hotline inside the bubble at the Walt Disney World as he believes it's up to every player to act responsibly and do what's required while in Orlando.
Back in March, Gobert became the first NBA player to test positive for the coronavirus and hours later the league was suspended. Four months later, the NBA is aiming to finish the season at the Walt Disney World in Orlando and everyone involved in the restart season is required to follow a list of strict rules so the risks of anyone getting infected is minimized.
"I don't know if someone's gonna use it, but I think it's sort of petty," Gobert said, as quoted on ESPN. "At the same time, you want to make sure that people respect the rules. "But I don't think the line will really help at that point.
I think it's more about respecting each other and all do it as a small community. Everyone is pretty much educated about the virus at this point, and it's more about respect. At the same time, you want to make sure you socialize and do all those things, but still respecting each other's space and try to wear the mask inside, especially when it's crowded."
Gobert's teammate Donovan Mitchell admits life in the bubble won't be ideal The Jazz enjoyed a good season before the NBA was suspended since they sit at the fourth place of the Eastern Conference standings with a 41-23 record.
Mitchell, the leading scorer of the team, wants to be completely locked in as he aims to lead his team to postseason success once the season resumes. "I think the biggest thing is just being able to mentally stay locked in.
That's going to be the toughest part," Mitchell said. "It's gonna be lonely not seeing our friends and family, so being able to stay locked in -- and that just doesn't go for myself. ".. Just staying mentally ready, mentally engaged, because I can't tell you the last time I've had practice at 6 o'clock every night.
So, being able to take care of yourself throughout the day, get some rest, be ready to stay locked in, because it gives you that feeling of AAU, summer camp or summertime vibe, and that's not really the same as an NBA season." A day after Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus, Mitchell's test also came back as positive.