As a host of WNBA players arrived at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., this week, reports of poor conditions started to surface on social media.
ESPN’s Kayla Johnson compiled some of these complaints from inside the WNBA bubble, which included a mousetrap inside a laundry room, a worm on the floor of a bedroom and a meal option that wasn’t exactly the most appetizing.
Meanwhile, it appears Minnesota Lynx captains Sylvia Fowles and Napheesa Collier are trying their best to look on the bright side. They addressed some of the reports on Tuesday, July 7, during a nearly 30-minute chat with reporters and emphasized that their experiences have been good so far.
“I don’t have any issues,” Fowles said. “I’m pretty easy going. It don’t take much to please me. I want to make sure I keep a good attitude and not complain too much. Not everybody is going to be happy. You just have to roll with the punches.”
“I like where we are staying,” Collier added. “It’s only Day 2 so we are excited to see what else the league is doing. We had a call earlier today where they addressed a lot of our concerns, which is really good. I think everybody is ready to get started.”
If everything goes according to plan, a 22-game season will start in late July from the confines the WNBA bubble. As of Tuesday night, the Lynx were in a mandatory quarantine, which every player is required to go through upon arrival.
While the WNBA is taking every precaution amid the coronavirus pandemic, with cases rising at a rapid across Florida, there’s always a chance the season gets canceled at some point.
“I’d be lying if I said I haven’t thought about that,” said Fowles, who lives in Florida and has been on high alert. “You try not to think about it as often; just enough to be safe.”
More than anything else, Fowles is trying to stay positive amid the sea of unknowns. She is hoping her teammates follow suit.
“We don’t want to be that team that complains,” Fowles said. “We want to try to work things out as much as possible and if it’s out of our control we have to go with it and suck it up.”
Maybe that positivity gives the Lynx an advantage at some point.
“There are so many things that are out of our control right now,” Collier said. “We just have to stay positive and make sure everybody has the same mindset. If another team is complaining, that could help us get ahead. While they are busy doing that, we can be practicing and making the best out of the situation.”