NBA players have given fans a stark insight into life inside the Disney World ‘bubble’ as they prepare for the season’s restart on July 30.
Denver Nuggets guard Troy Daniels and Chris Chiozza of the Brooklyn Nets both shared pictures of their league-approved dinners on their first night in team hotels, with both clubs among the first to decamp to Orlando.
But fans were left less than impressed with the food on offer, questioning whether superstars like LeBron James were really going to be subjected to the same fare when they join the Florida base. All 22 of the 30 teams invited are due to arrive in Orlando between Tuesday and Friday.
NBA player Troy Daniels gave fans an insight to the food he’s been served in the NBA ‘bubble’
He also showed the menu on offer which included a tomato and mozzarella caprese salad
Brooklyn Nets guard Chris Chiozza took a more light-hearted approach to the menu on offer
Daniels (pictured last month) arrived in Orlando on Tuesday with the Denver Nuggets squad
The 28-year-old had started the season with the LA Lakers before he was waived by them
Point guard Isaiah Thomas laughed at the notion of ex-team-mate LeBron James eating this
TUESDAY’S NBA DINNER OPTIONS
Fresh garden greens, arugula, watermelon, pickled red onions, goat cheese with raspberry vinaigrette
Tomato and mozzarella caprese salad
Italian grilled chicken with natural jus
White fish with tomato and dill topping
Parmesan polenta with sundried tomatoes
Pasta with impossible Bolognese sauce
Roasted summer vegetables
Served an unappetising chicken main course in a polysterene box complete with a sad-looking lump of mashed potato, both Daniels and Chiozza posted emojis showing their disapproval.
Each item of food was packaged in its own plastic container, with Daniels showing off his watermelon, salad and bread among others alongside the menu complete with NBA logo, but items like the ‘Parmesan polenta with sundried tomatos’ – seen on the left of Chiozza’s post – didn’t quite live up to the billing.
NBA superstar James is yet to enter the bubble with the LA Lakers, the team Daniels was waived by in March, but his former Cleveland Cavaliers team-mate Isaiah Thomas believes he won’t approve of the food choices.
‘No way Bron eating this LOL,’ he tweeted.
Thomas’ sentiments were echoed by fans who believe the likes of James and fellow stars such as Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo won’t approve of this either.
‘Kawhi Leonard, LeBron and Giannis not eating that food idc [I don’t care] what y’all tell me LOL,’ wrote @JJMaples55_MST. Meanwhile, @HollywoodTyrone said: ‘Imagine being the person that has to take that food to a LeBron James of Greek Freek [Giannis Antetokounmpo] lmao.’
Other basketball fans took to social media to express their dismay at the food offerings in general too – with plenty comparing it to the ill-fated Fyre Festival.
‘Imagine putting your health at risk and Disney feeds you Michelin Star Fyre Festival catering,’ wrote @haan_singh91, while another wrote: ‘The pandemic NBA season is basically the Fyre Festival.’
Even NFL player Tre Boston of the Carolina Panthers put: ‘Them Boys eating like they at The Fyre Festival!! Lmao,’ alongside crying laughter emojis.
Many NBA fans took to social media to compare the food offerings to the ill-fated Fyre Festival
Major League Soccer is receiving similar criticism from its players for the food they are being given at Disney World ahead of their return-from-coronavirus tournament.
Last week, several footballers took to social media to share pictures of their pitiful quarantine diet, courtesy of the Magic Kingdom’s hotels in Orlando where the MLS is Back Tournament begins on Wednesday.
Toronto FC player Omar Gonzalez posted a photo of his sad-looking lunch of a sandwich, banana and an unknown side on Twitter, alongside an image of the in-room dining menu and the sarcastic comment: ‘Yummm…’.
Several MLS players have since voiced concerns, not about the virus, but about the choice of food available to them.
After Gonzalez shared the image of his disappointing meal, his Toronto FC team-mate Eriz Zavaleta replied with a photo of his lunch of ‘bourbon-glazed smoked Virginia ham and alpine Swiss cheese’ next to a grimacing emoji.
MLS player Omar Gonzalez has blasted Disney World’s $65 sandwiches as he isolates there
In the image, Zavaleta is holding the sandwich in his hand while it appears to have fallen apart in the box.
‘Nothing like a $65 sandwich to get the recovery going!! Can’t wait…,’ Toronto FC goalie Alexander Bono also tweeted.
Kellyn Acosta, Colorado Rapids midfielder, also joined in poking fun at the food choices.
‘Fyre festival. @MLS edition….,’ he wrote in a retweet of Gonzalez’s post.
After Gonzalez shared the image of his disappointing meal, several others followed suit
According to the menu shared by Gonzalez, the questionable lunch options for the MLS players come in at a hefty $65 price tag, while breakfast goes for $45 and dinner $75.
Each team has a dedicated meal room, access to one of the hotel’s restaurants and can order food delivery, according to the player handbook seen by ESPN.
MLS players started arriving in Florida in June ahead of the month-long MLS is Back Tournament starting this week.
The event has been planned inside a so-called bubble inside the grounds of Disney World where players will be tested every other day or the day prior to match day throughout the tournament.