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Lakers will reportedly open their practice facility Saturday

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EL SEGUNDO, CA - DECEMBER 21: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball during all access practice on December 21, 2019 at UCLA Health Training Center in El Segundo, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Across the nation, in states that are slowly (or, not so slowly) starting to reopen, NBA teams are throwing open the doors to their practice facilities for limited, social distancing workouts.

California is not a state reopening quickly, which led to questions about when the four NBA teams in the state — the Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, and Kings — would be able to open their facilities. The four had spoken to the governor’s office about the situation, making the point that while they are technically a gym this is not like opening up the local 24-Hour Fitness.

It worked. The Lakers will open their facilities on Saturday, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic. Although, the Lakers will not have their facilities open seven days a week.

Expect the other California teams to follow suit quickly.

There are a lot of rules for teams to follow to open their facilities: Only four players can be in the building at a time, and only one shooting at each basket (one coach, one basket, two balls); players’ temperatures will be taken and they will answer questions about their health before they enter the building; the coach rebounding shots will have to wear a mask and gloves, and have on sterilized sneakers; the weight room will be reconfigured to create more space between equipment; meals will be individually packaged and not a buffet, and the list goes on and on.

Players have said it all feels a little strange, but it’s still good to get back in the facilities and get up some shots. It’s a step toward normalcy.

If the NBA restarts its season, teams will go through a roughly three-week training camp before games resume. That camp will take place inside the “bubble” location where players will live, eat, and work.