Gregg Popovich said he briefly thought about sitting out the bubble due to health concerns related to COVID-19, but decided to go after understanding the league's safety protocols for the bubble.  

"From an intellectual point of view and a medical point of view, I would have to say not probably, but I am safer here -- if this bubble works -- I'm safer here than I would be in Texas. For sure. As you see what's going on there," said Popovich.

The 71-year-old was medically cleared to join the bubble.

Popovich added that the return of the season could give the league an opportunity to continue to speak out against social injustice.

"People will enjoy the games and the athleticism and the losses and the wins and the excitement, but the message that the league wants to send is one of equity. And no injustice for anyone and making sure people have to think about it every day. Whether it's a coach or player speaking up, it's the momentum that we have to keep, and the league can be a great communicator for that."