The bubble has grown a bit bulkier for the Miami Heat, even as the NBA’s presence at Disney World has been reduced to two teams.
With the finish line in sight of the quarantine process that began for the Heat with their July 8 arrival to Central Florida, several players have added family members and friends into the mix in advance of Wednesday’s 9 p.m. start of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.
While the Heat have added an additional media-relations staffer and the team’s nutritionist to their official traveling party over the past week, players have been able to spend time with those beyond the team, with additional hotel space made available for visitors.
Tyler Herro, Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder, Kelly Olynyk, Meyers Leonard and Gabe Vincent are among the players with guests within the NBA’s secured campus, with other players expected to have guests viewing from a distance at the games otherwise held in the void of spectators at the Wide World of Sports complex.
Among the most chronicled of the Heat’s guests, at least on social media, is Herro girlfriend Katya Elise Henry — the Instagram model with nearly eight million followers.
Henry routinely has been posting about the experience on her account, an element made more intriguing with Henry previously having been linked to Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma.
Henry offered several courtside posts of the Disney experience after the Heat defeated the Boston Celtics on Sunday night in the Eastern Conference finals to advance to the NBA Finals.
“So proud of you all,” she posted after the Heat were presented their trophy for winning the conference championship, later posing with Herro on the specially designed court the league is utilizing as it plays through the coronavirus pandemic in near isolation.
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