NBA practices begin at Disney

NBA stars are adjusting to life in the bubble in Orlando for the league's restart in the coming days.

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July 10, 2020 - 3:23 PM

The Dallas Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis, left, tries to stop the Orlando Magics' Nikola Vucevic (9) at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Photo by Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS

Nikola Vucevic had to raise his voice a bit to answer a question. He had just walked off the court after the first Orlando Magic practice of the restart, and some of his teammates remained on the floor while engaged in a loud and enthusiastic shooting contest.

After four months, basketball was truly back.

Full-scale practices inside the NBA bubble at the Disney complex started Thursday, with the Magic — the first team to get into the campus earlier this week — becoming the first team formally back on the floor. By the close of business Thursday, all 22 teams participating in the restart were to be checked into their hotel and beginning their isolation from the rest of the world for what will be several weeks at least. And by Saturday, all teams should have practiced at least once.

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