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Messer added that some issues arise when the beverages don't arrive with explicit addresses and only list "NBA" as the receiver. Sorting through the deliveries and getting the wine to the proper connoisseur can prove challenging.
"Every time we get excited when we have a wine box that's not labeled, and we think, 'If it sits here for 30 days, it should go to us,'" Messer joked. "But they never last more than two days. Somebody is always calling to say, 'Hey, I ordered some wine. Where is it?'"
Another athlete, Josh Hart, told ESPN he ordered a 20-bottle wine fridge, adding that Bordeaux and Napa Valley cabernets are his go-tos. "Obviously, there's a little bit of alcohol, so it gets you more relaxed and loose," said Hart, 25. "But the bigger thing is, this is an uncomfortable time in terms of not being with family, not being in your own house, your own bed for at least six, seven weeks."
"I have my video game setup, and I was able to have wine, so I still have some type of normalcy, I guess," Hart said of life in the bubble. "It kind of gives you a … sense of, like, grounding and normalcy, even during this uncomfortable time."
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