LOOK: NBA Debuts New Courts Ahead of Orlando Scrimmages

Jesse Pantuosco
July 21, 2020 - 2:02 pm
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Life in the NBA’s Orlando bubble, at least relative to the rest of our struggling nation, appears to be going swimmingly. The NBA reported no new COVID cases following its latest round of testing with players (Dwight Howard notwithstanding) largely adhering to the league’s safety protocols. The facilities at Disney are also coming along, as evidenced from photos shared by ESPN’s Malika Andrews.

As promised, the phrase “Black Lives Matter” is displayed at mid-court, acknowledging the league’s commitment to combatting social injustice. The NBA’s Orlando digs also feature a Plexiglass-enclosed broadcast booth (where TNT announcer Kevin Harlan and ESPN’s Mike Breen will be spending their summers) and designated bench areas comprised of socially-distanced chairs. The NBA’s Jerry West-inspired logo can be seen at center-court.

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix shot video of the 8,000-seat capacity “Arena,” one of three game sites the league will be using in Orlando along with the nearby Visa Athletic Center and HP Field House. The Arena will host a pair of scrimmages Wednesday (Clippers/Magic and Nets/Pelicans) with another two at HP (Wizards/Nuggets and Kings/Heat). The NBA will hold a week of scrimmages before transitioning to its seeding slate, which tips off a week from Thursday with marquee matchups featuring New Orleans versus Utah in the opener and a must-see nightcap pitting LeBron James’ top-seeded Lakers against their Tinsel-Town rival, the Kawhi-led Los Angeles Clippers.

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