NBA Allowing Some Teams to Reopen Practice Facilities Amid Eased Restrictions: Report

Dan Mennella
May 06, 2020 - 9:53 am

The NBA is reportedly taking its first steps toward what could be an eventual return of game action after a months-long pause due to the coronavirus crisis.

The league informed its teams that those in states where lockdown restrictions have been eased may begin opening practice facilities as early as Friday, "pending new developments," according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

The potential Friday reopening would align with the May 8 return date that was reported in recent weeks. Initially, the league told some teams they could begin again as soon as late April, but that was reported to have been scuttled amid pushback from teams and players.

In late April, the league released a set of guidelines for player workouts, limiting them to no more than four players at a time in any facility, and banning all coaches.

The NBA was expected to release additional guidelines and details on Wednesday, according to Stein.

It was unclear which facilities would be the first to open.