The Rush: Details of “NBA bubble” emerge as players weigh whether or not to return

Concierge, barbers, team chefs and more will be on hand to support players in the NBA’s proposal to return to action at Disney World. Despite the plethora of amenities, some players want to see the league’s plan to address social justice issues before returning to play. Plus, a number of MLB team owners reportedly don’t want to have a 2020 baseball season, Lamar Jackson’s Madden 21 cover drops and Tom Brady tries to steal the MVP’s shine.

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- Lamar--

- Hey, Lamar.

- What's up, Lamar Jackson?

- Congrats on being on the cover of Madden.

- Congratulations once again, bro.

- You deserve it. Man, keep going.

- Keep balling and keep doing your thing.

JARED QUAY: EA Sports Madden 21 released its cover and trailer yesterday. And those were four Madden cover guys paying their respects to the new King.

- Respect. Game recognize game.

JARED QUAY: The NFL MVP looks good in the game. And Lamar told Yahoo Sports own Terez Paylor that seeing himself on a cover made him cry.

LAMAR JACKSON: I shed tears when that came through knowing like what you been through, what you faced, and for people to look at you and want you to represent them putting you on the cover of the game, it's a dream come true. You got to just honor that.

JARED QUAY: But you know who couldn't let my man Lamar have his shine for just one damn day?

- Tom Brady.

- Tom Brady.

- Tom Brady.

- Tom Brady could do that.

- Tom Brady could do that.

JARED QUAY: Tom [BLEEP] Brady. The Bucks released glamour shots of Tom put in his uniform just three hours after Madden released the cover.

- Don't be shady.

JARED QUAY: He can't help it. The man's addicted to competition. I guess that's why you the GOAT. But come on, bruh.

- In Orlando, the proposed NBA bubble is about ready to burst. Some players are floating around the idea of sitting out this season for social justice reasons. Avery Bradley, co-head of a players coalition wants to hear the league's plan on helping the black community before his group decides whether or not to play. Well, the league has a plan in place, just not that plan.

Shams Charania reports that guys who choose not to play will not be disciplined but may see their salary reduced. What about guys who do return to play but break out of the Disney bubble without permission? They got to quarantine for a hella long time, take a pay cut [INAUDIBLE] this game, and get one of them big nasal swabs.

- Yikes.

JARED QUAY: That's how the NBA is punishing dudes who break the rules. They ain't getting no painless cheek swab to test for the rono, no, no. They getting a yardstick up the nose. Oh, oh, that did not sound like the happiest place on earth to me.

- Uh-uh, no way.

JARED QUAY: There is some Disney spirit in this proposal, though. There's this magical ring that players can wear that can supposedly detect COVID and test for any other vital signs. Plus, players will have access to 24-hour concierge, a players lounge, movie screenings, mini petty's, barbers, team chefs, and any other amenity you can imagine. What's going on in baseball, though?

- Uh-oh.

JARED QUAY: Yeah, about that, it ain't going so great. Various reports say that multiple owners don't want to have a 2020 season. The reason why is long and convoluted.

But of course, it always comes down to money.

- (RAPPING) Make money, money, make money, money, money.

JARED QUAY: Don't these guys get it? The source of your problems could also be a solution. Look, I know plagiarism is wrong and all. But Robert Manfred, copy the NBA's playbook. Literally, copy and paste it. I mean, sure there's not enough Disney Land's, but you could do that at Six Flags.


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