Milwaukee Bucks' DJ Shawna details life in the NBA bubble

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(CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Bucks' DJ Shawna Nicols is living in the NBA bubble. She's popular as the in-game DJ at Bucks games at Fiserv Forum and the NBA invited inside its bubble in Orlando, FL.

For a couple months, Nicols will be in her bubble at the Coronado Springs Resort. She lives at Disney but says she's not spending much time with Mickey Mouse.

"The NBA has done an incredible job of making sure our safety and our health is put first above everything else." DJ Shawna said in a live interview on CBS 58 Morning News. "So, I define the bubble as this resort here at Coronado Springs."

She says she goes through daily self-health checks and wears a mask everywhere she goes.

"This is probably the safest place that I could be, honestly." she said.

Most days Nicols works two NBA games a day which was a change since she wasn't working any games at all while the league was shut down.

DJ Shawna says anytime you hear anything from the arena during a broadcast that isn't a player shouting or a referee's whistle, that's her or one of the other three DJs.

She spoke with CBS 58 about life in the bubble and what it has been like for her and the others she is with. When CBS 58 spoke with her, she was getting ready to do a Miami Heat "home" game later that night. Even though she's working for the NBA, she becomes the home team's DJ for each game she works.

"I like working Miami games because I get to play a lot more of my Spanish-Latin music and try to make it sound like you're in Miami." said Nicols. "Our peers from all over the league have left us directions on, ideally, what it sounds like. We try to do our best."

While she is in a bubble, she's trying to keep her mind on big picture things outside of that bubble too.

"A. I think we're in the middle of a huge social experiment that I'm a guinea pig for, willingly, and really loving." she said. "B. We're also in the middle of one of the biggest equality movements that we've ever been a part of. I think players have done a phenomenal job of utilizing their platform making us safe and then making sure that people recognize that black lives matter and this is so much bigger than the game of basketball."

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