While the Miami Heat is currently on a two-game win streak, there is one opponent the franchise can’t seem to beat: coronavirus.
Numerous NBA teams have depleted rosters due to COVID-19 contact tracing, and it’s not just taking a physical toll on Miami, Heat star Kelly Olynyk stressed the mental aspect of playing under the league’s newly implemented guidelines. The 29-year-old power forward said he’d prefer living in the bubble that traveling under these rules.
On January 21, Olynyk abiding by NBA’s strict protocols on the road is no easy feat, “The 30 steps from the bus to the arena is like the highlight of your day now,” Olynyk said, as reported by the Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman.
Olynyk has become one of the Heat’s most reliable starters while many of the team’s players remain out due to COVID-19 contact tracing. During the 2020-2021 season, he’s started eight of 12 games while power forward Udonis Haslem is sidelined due to coronavirus health and safety protocols.