The novel coronavirus pandemic has separated millions from their loved ones, including doctors, nurses, first responders — and NBA stars.
The 2019-20 NBA season was suspended in March, but four months later, 22 teams traveled to the “NBA Bubble,” or the isolation zone created at Walt Disney World, to finish out the season. Because of COVID-19 concerns, their families haven’t been allowed to visit… at least, until now!
With fewer teams inside the bubble following the first round of the playoffs, the NBA decided it was safe enough to invite players’ families! Of course, every guest has to follow strict quarantine protocols before coming to the Disney campus, but their adorable reunions are more than worth it!
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On August 31, Fred VanVleet of the Toronto Raptors saw his girlfriend, Shontai Neal, and two children, 2-year-old Sanna and 1-year-old Fred Jr., for the first time since Father’s Day! Sanna couldn’t contain her excited as she sprinted toward him, yelling, “Daddy!”
Fred VanVleet’s kids were too excited to see him 🥺— ESPN (@espn) August 31, 2020
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A couple of weeks later, Boston Celtics player Jayson Tatum got a much-needed hug from his 2-year-old son, Deuce, after spending two months apart.
Meanwhile, the Lakers’ Dion Waiters held his 6-year-old son, Dion Jr., for the first time in three months. And the poor kid couldn’t help but break down! While spending so much time away from their kids has taken its toll on the athletes, seeing them has already made a big difference!
“You see a lot of smiles on the players’ faces when they come back to the hotel now,” Clippers player JaMychal Green told USA Today. “Kids tend to do that to you.”
What a beautiful reward for all their hard work and sacrifices! We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the second round of the playoffs.
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