The report has it that, American point guard Mike Conley has left the Orlando bubble on Sunday morning for a return to Columbus, Ohio, for the birth of his son, ahead of his first NBA Playoff game with Utah Jazz this campaign.

Following his departure, the 32-year-old point guard will be returning to the Jazz team at some point during the playoffs, a source reports to ESPN.

According to the rules in NBA for the Orlando bubble, if a player departs for days fewer than seven and tests negative on each day that he is not inside the bubble, the player will have to be quarantined for four days after returning but is predicting his arrival a little earlier.

Utah Jazz faced off against Denver Nuggets in their first-round, much to the joy of many of the available sportsbooks in Colorado, but ended up being defeated in a 132-125 Nuggets’ victory following a heroic performance from Jamal Murray, who finished the game with 36 points, five rebounds, nine assists and three turnovers in 40 minutes.

Speaking about Conley, Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said: “My first reaction is my best wishes to Mike Conley and his family. I hope everything goes well.

“If Mike Conley is not available for Game 1, whatever it is, I am sure other guys will step up. We were able to go into Utah this year and win with seven guys. I don’t buy into that too much. If Mike Conley is not available, that means more Donovan Mitchell, who is an all-NBA-caliber player.”

The Jazz point guard took to the social media on Instagram to upload his newborn baby, naming him Elijah Michael Colney on Sunday.

Ever since the restart of the Basketball game due to the pandemic, Colney has averagely registered 18 points and five assists per game have shown signs of struggling earlier this season due to his shooting.

Utah Jazz head coach Quinn Snyder, however, will not just be going into the Playoffs without Colney, as their second-leading scorer Bojan Bogdanovic, who succumbed to an injury on his right wrist earlier, and Ed Davis will also not be taking part in the game. But unlike those two, Colney is poised to return for the rest of the Playoffs game, with casino games for real money giving impressive odds in regards to that.

In other news, the Los Angeles Lakers are planning to put on their Black Mamba jerseys to honor their legend Kobe Bryant if they are able to make it past the first round of the playoffs.

The jersey release date has been set for the 24th of August, which will later be officially known as “Kobe Bryant Day” in Los Angeles. The shirt retains a black background along with a snakeskin print and the team’s yellow trim.