Caruso misses sister’s wedding to stay in Orlando bubble

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The coronavirus has put athletes in tough predicaments. Many leagues — especially the NBA and the NHL are resuming their seasons, while Major League Baseball is starting their season.

Some players have elected not to play either their resumes seasons or baseball’s season. However, the virus and the postponement of the season put one player in a tough spot.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso is being defended by Klay Thompson against the Golden State Warriors
Alex Caruso is being defended by Klay Thompson against the Golden State Warriors (Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers player Alex Caruso has to make a choice. He has to decided to leave the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida or attend his sister’s wedding in Austin, Texas.

If he left the NBA bubble, he would have to quarantine for 10 days before he would be allowed to rejoin his teammates. That meant he would come back to the team right before the resumption of their season.

If a player is approved to leave the bubble, then they would be hit with a four-day quarantine. However, if it wouldn’t be approved, then the player would receive the aforementioned 10-day quarantine.

He elected to stay in Orlando instead of attending his sister’s wedding.

“Megan is as close to my No. 1 fan as anyone could get,” he told ESPN this week.

Caruso attempted to make it happen with private planes and a private residence to stay at. But ultimately, he elected not to attend the wedding because of the risk involved.

By going, he could get the virus and bring it back to the bubble.

“They supported my decision either way,” Caruso said. “They also helped me realize how important I am to what we are trying to do here, now that [Avery Bradley] didn’t make it and [Rajon Rondo] hurt his hand. There is some added responsibility.”

Caruso watched footage of the wedding that was sent to him. Unfortunately, he was not able to FaceTime the wedding.

“There were some people that should have had masks on that didn’t,” Caruso said of the wedding. “I would say 75% of the people had them on. Texas and Florida — they can kind of be their own countries at times. Some people just like to do their own thing.”

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