While the NBA bubble has mostly worked well in its first few weeks, several players have had to leave Orlando for personal or family reasons and we’re still unsure if their returns will have negative effects on the health situation.
One of those players was almost Alex Caruso. The Los Angeles Lakers point guard considered going to his sister’s wedding this past week but decided against it due to the amount of time he would have to quarantine upon returning, he told ESPN’s Zach Lowe.
Caruso told Lowe that he had received approval from the Lakers’ Rob Pelinka and Frank Vogel as well as speaking to his superstar teammates LeBron James and Anthony Davis to get their blessing. There was some uncertainty about how long he would have to be separated from everyone once he returned to Orlando with the NBA’s guidelines ranging from four to 14 days.
According to Caruso, there were more than 100 people present at the wedding outside of Austin, Texas and he admitted that many did not wear masks in a ceremony that was partially indoors.
While the reasoning may have been mostly about basketball (mainly his importance to the team in the absence of Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo), Caruso’s decision is ultimately a good one although he is no doubt disappointed not to be there for his sister’s big day. A wedding of that size already is not the smartest decision during these times but travelling there and back and potentially spreading the virus to a whole new group of people would have been devastating.
Good on AC for making the right call.