NBA players will be allowed to return to team training and practice facilities starting May 1, if their local governments do not have a stay-at-home order that may be still in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to ESPN, workouts would be voluntary and limited to individual sessions only. Group practices would not be allowed yet, while teams will also not be permitted to run in-person workouts or practices.
Beginning on May 1, the NBA is allowing teams to open their practice facilities to players in cities and states where local governments have eased stay-at-home orders, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 25, 2020
While Adam Silver hasn't released any type of timeline on a potential return to the season, the league has decided that its time for players to at least practice, even if it's on a limited basis. Georgia, Oklahoma and Florida are just a few states that have allowed businesses to re-open, despite health officials advising the decision being made too soon.
For those states that still have a stay-at-home order, the NBA will help make other arrangements in a huge step towards the season possibly resuming.
Many players such as Jayson Tatum and Jimmy Butler have admitted to not touching a basketball since the season was suspended back on March 11, while others have said they have no access to a court or hoop. The NBA ordered all teams to close their practice facilities back on March 19.
The World Health Organization has reported that so far there are well over 200,000 deaths worldwide due to the coronavirius.
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