CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES (FILE – FEBRUARY 15, 2020) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)
1. INTERIOR UNITED CENTER – VARIOUS OF NBA PLAYERS DURING PRACTICE SESSION FOR 2020 NBA ALL-STAR GAME
2. LEBRON JAMES TAKING SHOT
3. LUKA DONCIC TAKING SHOT
4. BEN SIMMONS, RUSSELL WESTBROOK, NIKOLA JOKIC TAKING SHOTS
5. GIANNIS ANTETOKUONMPO ON COURT DURING PRACTICE SESSION
6. RUDY GOBERT TAKING SHOT
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FILE – MARCH 11, 2020) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)
7. EXTERIOR OF CHASE CENTER, HOME OF THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS NBA TEAM
8. SIGN SAYING CLOSED AT BOX OFFICE
9. VARIOUS OF CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION SIGNS ON DOORS OF CHASE CENTER
STORY: NBA teams are expected to get the go-ahead to reopen practice facilities for limited use as early as Friday (May 8), less than two months after the coronavirus outbreak forced the suspension of the season.
With head and assistant coaches barred and scrimmages forbidden, the workouts are unlikely to resemble business as usual for the NBA but would nonetheless be a step towards normalcy for a league whose season was upended in dramatic fashion in March.
Players will be required to wear face masks inside team facilities, «except during the period when they are engaged in physical activity,» according to a league memo.
Teams must also thoroughly disinfect any equipment used, from basketballs to weight-room equipment.
Modifications to stay-at-home orders could play a factor in which teams can resume workouts, with some U.S. states reopening and others maintaining strict social distancing procedures.
The NBA was among the first to see its season impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, with games called off at the last minute after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the coronavirus in March.
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