‘It’s a bubble within a bubble’: NBA players open up about road lockdown

  • NBA writer for ESPN.com since 2008
  • Former contributor and editor at NPR

ON A DECEMBER morning in 2005, the Miami Heat boarded the team bus at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia. The team had arrived from Milwaukee late the previous night, and was scheduled to practice, then face off against the 76ers the following evening. But the bus took a detour. Rather than drive to the practice gym, the Heat soon arrived at a local movie theater.

“The next thing you know, we’re eating popcorn, watching ‘Glory Road,'” Udonis Haslem, who was in his third season with the Heat, told ESPN. “We needed a mental recharge.”

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