This COVID-19 summer season’s must-watch present is… an NBA rookie’s YouTube web page?

Even if you happen to don’t love sports activities, the NBA bubble in Orlando has been an interesting epidemiological experiment: if you happen to had seemingly infinite assets accessible and each participant willingly agreed to observe protocols primarily based on our greatest understanding of a nascent viral pandemic, may you assemble a really protected atmosphere? Take word, US authorities, as up to now the reply has been, “Sure.” As of August 19, the NBA has formally had zero new COVID-19 infections to report over the league’s five-week restart. And that is with the league needing to make the most of contingency quarantine protocols for gamers unexpectedly leaving and touring (which they’ve completed for all the things from household emergencies to, um, lemon-pepper hen wings?).

Conventional media has been invited inside to an extent as a way to doc this unprecedented playoff season, and the NBA has relied closely on Zoom entry to gamers for different reporters. Twitter, naturally, has additionally birthed an aggregator account that can carry you all of the beer-chugging participant social media you need. However almost all of those glimpses into bubble life stay restricted—the league has shifted entry areas for press on a dime, and participant interviews have time restrictions (and infrequently PR personnel on the road to step in if issues get into undesirable territory).

All of this makes Philadelphia 76ers guard Matisse Thybulle’s ongoing video diary exceptional and important viewing. I’ve by no means been one to get into YouTube collection or personalities, however his eight-episodes-and-counting of Welcome To The Bubble has been the can’t-miss viewing expertise of the summer season.

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