Report: NBA to allow teams to open facilities for individual workouts
More than a month ago, the NBA ordered the closing of team facilities for players and staff due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But with Georgia lifting some social-distancing restrictions, the NBA will also ease its rules.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
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
Sources: Teams will be allowed to make facilities open to players on a voluntary basis for individual work, but larger group workouts will still be prohibited. In NBA markets that aren't loosening restrictions, league plans to work w/ teams on other arrangements for players. https://t.co/yZSKsXedW1— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 25, 2020
As Georgia moves toward opening certain businesses -- including gymasiums -- some players were asking their teams if they should consider traveling there to find a way to play. Organizations wants players in safe/clean team environments, not a fitness center in suburban Atlanta.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 25, 2020
NBA's decision on opening practice facilities to players in markets where governments may be loosening stay-at-home orders doesn't mean a resumption of season is imminent. The NBA is still unsure on if/when it can play again. But getting players safely into gyms was a priority.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 25, 2020
Everything that can safely be open should be allowed to be open. That might not be much. Coronavirus remains a major problem.
But it’s important to keep that perspective. People – including NBA players – want to resume normal life. Unnecessary restrictions breed contempt and restlessness. That makes it more difficult to get people to follow the sensible rules.
If players can safely travel to and use a team facility, they should be allowed to do so. That will be at different points in different places.
NBA teams have the resources to keep players separated from each other, frequently disinfect, etc. Especially players who’ve been isolating for at least two weeks should be at minimal risk of carrying coronavirus.