NBA emphasizes mental health as teams await Disney ‘bubble’


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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The resumption of the NBA season during the coronavirus pandemic is making mental health a priority.

Pelicans general manager David Griffin said it is “critical” and that New Orleans will have mindfulness training every day.

Other teams say they have similar plans in place, as 22 clubs prepare to resume play in a so-called bubble near Orlando, Florida.

The mental health and wellness director of the players’ union said downtime in Orlando and restrictions on player movement will present challenges. He added that he anticipates some increased anxiety, tension and restlessness.

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