Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid admits he is a not a big fan of the season restart in Orlando where players will be put in a bubble but he will play because he doesn't want to let the city down. The NBA season has been suspended since March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic but the NBA is planning to finish the season as they believe that putting the players in a bubble will help them in their goal of finishing the season as safely as possible.
This week, teams have started arriving to Walt Disney World campus in Orlando as each team will have around 20 days to get in the rhythm and prepare for the season restart, scheduled for July 30. 22 teams with a chance to make the Playoffs will play in Orlando as the goal is to finish the regular season, before the postseason begins.
The 76ers, who sit on the sixth place of the Eastern Conference standings, own a 39-26 record and they have already secured a Playoff spot.
Embiid says he has got to do his job
"I hated the idea,” Embiid said, via Noah Levick of NBC Sports Philadelphia.
“I feel like with everything that has been going on, it’s unfortunate what’s been going on in the world. Obviously people look at it in a different way. There might be some other reasons behind everything going on.
To me, that part never mattered. To me, all I want is to stay healthy and stay safe, keep the people around me safe. I want to make sure I’m able to live for a long time and not have any sort of consequences in the future from this if I were to be in a situation where I was getting the virus.
"Unfortunately, I’m not a big fan of the idea. But then again, I’m going to do my job. I’m not going to let the city down. I’m going to represent my city — that’s what I’ve always done — my family, my teammates.
The mindset doesn’t change. It doesn’t matter the fact that I don’t like that idea and I still don’t believe in it. I don’t think it’s going to be safe enough. “Because I know I’m going to do the right things, I know I don’t ever do anything, I only play video games, I’m always home — I don’t do anything.
But then again, I don’t trust those other guys to do the same. But, like I said, I’ve gotta do my job." Embiid, a three-time NBA All Star, is one of the keys to the 76ers' potential success in Orlando as he has been averaging 23.4 points and 11.8 rebounds this season.