The thoughtful NBA head coach became troubled by the rising infections related to the coronavirus. So how can Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers justify the league resuming its season in a state that is considered one of the COVID-19 hotspots?

"It's just a hope," Rivers said. "But when we get to the bubble, it becomes the safest place in America."

The thoughtful NBA role player never flinched about whether he would play even amid concerns about the pandemic and the time away from his family. Still, New Orleans Pelicans guard J.J. Redick hardly seemed at ease just because the league will host the resumed season in a quarantined site in Orlando that calls for daily testing and strict social distancing rules.

"There is absolutely no comfort level. None," Redick said. "I know the league and I know the union has tried to create this environment, and I get it. But there’s so much else going on right now."

The accomplished NBA star plans to stay in his room playing video games any time he is not on the basketball court. Yet, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard predicted not everyone will follow his lead.