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Report: Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Warriors lobbying California officials to allow practice facilities to open

Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and Clippers owner Steve Ballmer

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeannie Buss and Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer wait to hand off the ball to former NBA player and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan during the unveiling of the 2019 NBA All-Star game logo and city, being hosted in Charlotte, North Carolina next year, during the 2018 NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on February 18, 2018 (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

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On May 8, the NBA plans to allow teams to open facilities – where local governments permit.

As of now, that’s not California.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

The Lakers have been in contact with the Los Angeles mayor’s office to discuss the possibility of opening their practice facility for players before the current shelter-at-home order for L.A. residents expires on May 15, sources close to the matter told ESPN.

Sam Amick and Joe Vardon of The Athletic:

Sources say all four of the league’s California teams (Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, Kings) are hoping to convince Governor Gavin Newsom to include them in “Stage 2” of his reopening plan, perhaps with the help of the mayors in their respective cities.


Players want to play. NBA teams have protocols in place to prevent spread of coronavirus. Facilities should be allowed to open as soon as it’s safe.

As multi-billion-dollar businesses, the Lakers, Clippers, Warriors and Kings have clout and connections. They’ll have an easier time getting orders crafted in their favor.

Meanwhile, many people who want or need some restrictions lifted are struggling to have their message heard.