“I hated the idea,” Embiid said when asked on a video call with reporters about fears around the bubble league. “I feel like, with everything that has been going on, it’s unfortunate what’s been going on in the world. …
“All I want to be is, you know, stay healthy and stay safe, keep the people around me safe. I want to make sure I’m able to live for a long time and not have any sort of, I don’t know, consequences in the future.”
Embiid declined opt-out option
NBA players had the option to opt out of the bubble league without penalty beyond missed game checks. Despite his concerns, Embiid chose not to exercise that option. None of the players who opted out are All-Stars, and Embiid would have been the most notable absence by far had he chosen to join them.
And for that, Embiid chose to attend, telling reporters he didn’t want to let down his teammates or 76ers fans.
But while he’s there, he’s planning on playing it safe. Playing it safe in this instance means playing video games in his room.
“I know I’m going to do the right things,” Embiid said. “I don’t ever do anything. I only play video games. I’m always home. I don’t do anything. But then again, I don’t trust those other guys to do the same. But like I said, I got to do my job.”