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NBA’s bubble is working, for now

The league’s latest test results showed no positive coronavirus cases.

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We’re a long ways away from the 2019-20 NBA season concluding, which won’t happen until October. And as 2020 has shown us many times, a lot can change in a few hours, let alone a few months.

But since we don’t know how things will change, all we can do is judge how things are now. And for the NBA, things are ... good? Good enough, at least? As good as they can be?

On the eve of the season restart, the league announced the latest round of coronavirus test results. And for the second straight week, those results showed zero positive cases of the virus.

That is wonderful to see.

It doesn’t mean everything is blueberry muffins and oat milk lattes. There’s plenty of time for this to go off the rails, and even if the results end up being good, there’s a very strong case to be made that the process is irresponsible. I’m still quite uneasy at the thought of the league traveling into a state that’s dealing with ICU bed shortages, limited resources, and thousands of new cases daily, just to put on an extravagant show simply for entertainment.

But it is happening regardless of if we think it should, and the best we can hope for is that the league takes the virus seriously, the players take the virus seriously, and proper precautions are met. It thankfully looks like the season will resume with all of those boxes being checked.

That certainly makes it easier to enjoy the games, even without the Golden State Warriors.