As you already know, basketball took a break in the past four months due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, in the last weeks, a few European leagues restarted the domestic competitions and the NBA will do this at the end of July.
Adam Silver and his staff orchestrated a complex bubble in Orlando, where 22 teams will compete for the Larry O’Brien trophy. This is an amazing thing, considering the fact that the United States is the most affected country by COVID-19. Therefore, the rules have to be very strict.
Less than a week ago, the teams started to arrive on the campuses and the players had a few days in which they had to be quarantined. During those days, many athletes showed to the general public that they are very spoiled.
Rajon Rondo, Donovan Mitchell, Troy Daniels, and others complained about the food they were getting. In my opinion, this is a childish and disappointing act.
First of all, the players are being paid millions of dollars every year and one could argue that it is a lot of money being paid for some men who are playing with a ball. So, if you want some fancy food, bring a chef with you.
Secondly, the administration of the NBA made a huge effort to organize the end of the 2019-2020 season. Therefore, it is a lack of respect to complain about the food that you’re getting for two days, while you are self-isolated.
The last thing is that a lot of persons left their families behind in order to come and cook for the players and they have to respect that. I can understand that tastes are different and some of the athletes are used with different food but don’t complain on Twitter.
Surprisingly, one of the best messages came from Ja Morant, the Memphis Grizzlies’ rookie. He said “My room is fine. The food is fine. I’m not a silver spoon guy”.
Also, Rachel Nichols, host of the Jump show on ESPN, said “still – some guys may want to think about slowing down on the complaints about food & accommodation prepped by hourly workers who are leaving their own families during a pandemic”.
In the end, even though you earn millions of dollars every year you should be able to respect everyone and to be thankful for the opportunity that you get to still do what you love during these times in which millions of people have lost their jobs.
*photo: Rick Bowmer/Associated Press