Inside the NBA Bubble: A Championship Season under Quarantine by Jared Dudley with Carvell Wallace

Inside the NBA Bubble: A Championship Season under Quarantine

Inside the NBA Bubble: A Championship Season under Quarantine is an inside look at the 2020-2021 NBA Champion Lakers from someone who was inside. Jared Dudley wrote this book with Carvell Wallace and it can be read in a single-sitting.

Inside the NBA Bubble: A Championship Season under Quarantine

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Omens in China. The tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. A novel coronavirus and the protests honoring George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. For Jared Dudley and the Los Angeles Lakers, the suspended 2019–2020 NBA season was, from the beginning, about more than winning basketball games. But what now?

This is the year of the Bubble, a vacated Disney World, and the nearly one hundred days that 350 players and personnel from twenty-two NBA teams isolated from their friends and family, testing their patience for a dorm-style solution to America’s lost pandemic sports season—but also inspiring them.

In a country violently divided by more than COVID-19, the Lakers rise to the occasion. From initial quarantine to the best basketball ever played by LeBron James and Anthony Davis to transitioning again to the real world, Jared Dudley shares his winning memories of a personal and professional victory from inside the NBA Bubble.

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About the NBA Bubble

The NBA Bubble was an isolation zone at Walt Disney World that was created by the National Basketball Association to protect its players from the COVID-19 pandemic during the final eight games of the 2019–20 regular season and throughout the 2020 NBA playoffs.

The Lakers clinched the top-seed in the Western Conference and then defeated the Blazers, Rockets, Nuggets and Heat en route to their 17th NBA Championship and first with LeBron James.

About the Author

Jared Dudley is a professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Dudley won an NBA championship with the Lakers in 2020, was voted the ACC Player of the Year for 2007, and was a second-team all-American. Previously, Dudley played for the Charlotte Bobcats, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Washington Wizards.

Carvell Wallace covers race, culture, arts, and sports for the New York Times Magazine and other outlets. He is the coauthor of 2019’s bestselling memoir The Sixth Man along with NBA champion Andre Iguodala, and his work has appeared in the New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, ESPN The Magazine, Slate, Glamour, and others. He lives in Oakland and is the father of two teenagers.

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Bill Simmons Podcast – Lakers/LeBron/Bubble Stories with Jared Dudley: The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo and 2020 NBA champion Jared Dudley to discuss the Lakers’ title win, how it felt to leave the NBA bubble, LeBron stories, appreciating Rajon Rondo, the anticlimactic Battle for L.A., young NBA talent, and more.