After months of preparation, the San Antonio Spurs are finally at the Orlando Bubble. So what are they going to do until games start back up?
The San Antonio Spurs arrived safely to the NBA’s Orlando Bubble on Thursday and have begun their extended stay at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. That’s where they’ll reside for the next five weeks at a minimum while pursuing a record-breaking 23rd consecutive playoff appearance.
So the first step of the process is completed, but what’s next for the silver and black?
Right now, your favorite Spurs players are taking part in a 48-hour quarantine during which they’re being tested for COVID-19 frequently to ensure that infected players are identified early. When that quarantine period is over, they’ll be allowed to roam designated areas of the resort with strict guidelines to consider all the while. Players aren’t allowed to enter each other’s rooms but can hang out in player’s lounges, dining areas and other specific areas.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) July 9, 2020
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Pretty shortly, the Spurs are going to resume their training camp for a short period of time to get their feet wet after having practice sessions back in the River City. They’ll get accustomed to their new playing grounds, which the NBA has set up at three separate locations within a 20-minute radius of their hotels on the Walt Disney World campus.
This miniature training camp will lead to three exhibition games on July 23, 25 and 28 against the Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn Nets and Indiana Pacers. These scrimmages won’t count toward the team’s record, but they’ll give the Spurs a chance to get their feet wet after their extended break from the game. The details of whether or not these will be televised are still up in the air, so stay tuned for updates on that front.
Then, the Spurs’ season will finally tip-off against the Sacramento Kings on July 31 before playing in seven games. The dates and matchups are as follows: August 2 – Memphis Grizzlies, August 3 – Philadelphia 76ers, August 5 – Denver Nuggets, August 7 – Utah Jazz, August 9 – New Orleans Pelicans, August 11 – Houston Rockets, August 13 – Utah Jazz.
We’ll update you on the timeline for the Spurs if it extends beyond that. Let the games begin!