Orlando, FL – Amidst the global pandemic that has compelled daily routine changes, rescheduled trips, and cancellations of major sporting events, the NBA prepared a safe and efficient way to finish out the 2019-20 season. Strict protocols were set in place for the restart, which set to begin on July 30, 2020 in Orlando, FL. As players began entering the NBA bubble, a strict quarantine along with testing requirements were enforced before practices were held. During a time where everything seemed to come to a halt, the NBA organization successfully produced a safe environment for the players, coaches, and referees to bring basketball back into our everyday lives—during a time we needed it most.
Horner Floors in the Bubble
As the NBA planned practice schedules that would eliminate contact between teams, a total of 15 practice floors and 3 broadcast floors were initially installed in the NBA Bubble. Horner Flooring contributed to the NBA Restart by providing 4 practice floors; all of which were previously used by NBA teams and shipped to Orlando. In addition, Horner Flooring manufactured all 3 of the new broadcast floors along with the NBA Finals floor. Following weeks of practices and scrimmages, the 2019-20 NBA season finally resumed on July 30, 2020.
Biggest Moments in the Bubble
Phoenix Suns go undefeated in the Bubble, not enough to qualify for the playoffs. One of the most-talked about teams early on in the NBA Bubble was the Suns. Going into the Bubble, the Suns had a 10,000/1 chance of winning the NBA Championship. In order to even make the playoffs, they had to go undefeated while banking on other teams to lose. The Suns were able to accomplish an undefeated Bubble performance led by Devin Booker, but the Cinderella story was cut short following a 1-point win by the Trail-Blazers over the Nets.
First-ever play-in tournament to determine the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Because the #8 and #9 seeds in the West were within 4 games from each other, they were the first to participate in a play-in tournament. The #8 seed was the Portland Trail Blazers, and the #9 seed was the Memphis Grizzlies. The Trail Blazers, being the lower seed, had to win one game to clinch a spot in the Playoffs, where the Grizzlies had to win two in a row. Portland took the win after a close, hard-fought game to advance to the Playoffs.
Miami Heat upset Milwaukee Bucks in a short 5-game series. Perhaps the Cinderella story could be carried on by the #5 seed in the West: the Miami Heat. The young Heat team was led by veteran Jimmy Butler, who propelled the team to accomplishing a major upset against the #1 overall seed in the NBA: The Milwaukee Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks was awarded Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year, but his team came up short in adding an NBA Championship to that list.
Lebron James passes Derek Fisher for most NBA Playoff wins of all time. On September 8, 2020, the LA Lakers produced an impressive 112-102 win over the Houston Rockets, which indicated a historical moment in the NBA. Lebron James passed the NBA Playoff win record of 161 wins – previously held by Derek Fisher – with a 36 point performance.
NBA Finals: Miami Heat vs. LA Lakers. After more than a month of playoff basketball, the Los Angeles Lakers claimed the NBA Title for the 17th time in franchise history. The NBA Finals MVP award was earned by Lebron James, as he pulled off his fourth NBA Title and fourth Finals MVP award. The Lakers celebrated a 106-93 victory over the Miami Heat during Game 6 of the series. October 11, 2020 marked a special day for Lakers fans, but the Championship meant more than just that. Many players, staff, and fans of the NBA made a tribute to Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant, who passed away in January of this year. Kobe made a lasting impact on the Lakers organization not just because of the five championships he won and the stats he produced, but because he truly demonstrated good character and hard work with his Mamba Mentality. The 2019-20 NBA season will go down in history as the most unique one yet, with a special ending.
For years, Horner Flooring has been trusted by the NBA to manufacture quality floors that fit design requirements. This means providing NBA floors for major special events such as: the NBA All-Star game for 36 consecutive years, NBA Summer League, NBA G League, Jr. NBA, and the NBA Draft Combine. Horner Flooring puts a major emphasis on injury prevention as we manufacture our flooring systems. The NBA Bubble presented a new environment, where games were played on Horner floors just about every day. Horner Flooring’s lasting relationship with the NBA organization has shown that the highest-caliber organization trusts that our floors are produced with the athlete’s best interest in mind.