UPDATE: The NBA wanted to reassure everyone Wednesday that the quality and quantity get way better as soon as people leave quarantine.
"After clearing quarantine, players will also have access to various restaurants on campus and delivery options to choose from. Players will receive three meals a day and four meals on gamedays. There is never a shortage of food options — players can always request additional food by speaking with their team nutritionists," the league said in a statement (per CBSSports.com).
NBA players began reporting to the "bubble" at Walt Disney World on Tuesday, and almost immediately there was a social media meltdown over the food they were being served. This league . . .
Nuggets wing Troy Daniels got the whole thing started when he posted to his Instagram story a skimpy-looking spread that was delivered to his hotel room.
Troy Daniels shares his first meal inside the Orlando Bubble on Instagram pic.twitter.com/jpORX6P7cn— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) July 8, 2020
Daniels had barely hit "send" when the reactions came flying in: Fyre Fest, middle school lunch, airline food, prison grub, MLS meals — a whole buffet of wisecracks.
Fyre Fest 2.0 in the NBA’s bubble. Documentaries will be made pic.twitter.com/Up9Wd6YXo3— George Jarjour (@gjarjour) July 8, 2020
I had this exact meal in Middle School https://t.co/2gUvNCnCBq— Clutch NBA (@ClutchNBAat5R) July 8, 2020
They really Eating air plane food— The best (@lamarmvp_08) July 8, 2020
Well, Daniels' "meal" looked better than Fyre Fest and prison food, even if it was a bit sparse. But it may have only appeared sparse, because the main course wasn't pictured. The menu in the lower left corner of Daniels' IG photo listed things like "Italian Grilled Chicken With Natural Jus" and "White Fish With Tomato and Dill Topping."
Nets guard Chris Chiozza gave us a look at some of that other stuff on his IG story. A chicken-looking piece of meat and grayish polenta(?) filled his Styrofoam container.
Chris Chiozza shares his Bubble meal... pic.twitter.com/kjrj2lh17R— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) July 8, 2020
Marc Stein of The New York Times tweeted that the food was looking the way Daniels posted because players are given different food options while they're under quarantine after coming to Central Florida. "Player meals won't look like airline trays after the first 48 hours . . ." Stein wrote on Twtter.
Regardless, NBA Twitter just knows LeBron James won't be dealing with any of this stuff.
Whole league eating commissary food— Deuce (@DeuceThomas) July 8, 2020
LeBron eating Torchys tacos pic.twitter.com/bULUYDzwHw
LeBron chilling with his chef watching these players post their meals pic.twitter.com/jk4pDA2or4— Top Ball Coverage (@TopBallCoverage) July 8, 2020
lebron still eating his five star meals looking at troy daniels’ paper bag lunch pic.twitter.com/YsjcOX3Kyb— bb (@yslbran11) July 8, 2020