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NBA's plan to open practice facilities has been met with pushback, report says

NBA's plan to open practice facilities has been met with pushback, report says

Recent news the NBA was planning to allow teams to open their practice facilities on Friday was seen as a glimmer of hope for many basketball fans itching for the 2019-20 season to resume. But as word got out, some red flags were raised by NBA teams, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

As Wojnarowski says, the reason for concern surrounds the safety of players and, one can presume, those they interact with at home. If NBA players are going to practice facilities and encountering others, they could be at greater risk of contracting coronavirus. And, by extension, their families would be as well.

It is not surprising some would sound the alarms given how directly affected players around the league have been by COVID-19. Several players have contracted the virus including Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, and Kevin Durant, while Karl-Anthony Towns' mother passed away due to coronavirus complications. 

If the league does decide to move forward with some semblance of the original plan, the Wizards would likely have to wait longer than other teams. The plan only allows teams in states where social distancing rules are being relaxed to open up shop. 

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The Wizards' practice facility is located within the city of Washington, D.C. and Mayor Muriel Bowser has been extra cautious, taking action before many other areas of the country did and with rules that go beyond other municipalities.

According to Wojnarowski, the league is at the very least pushing the date back from May 1, likely another week at the minimum. We'll see what other adjustments are made once league executives go back to the drawing board.

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Zion Williamson will look far different than you remember when the Wizards play the Pelicans

Zion Williamson will look far different than you remember when the Wizards play the Pelicans

The NBA is set to resume in exactly 28 days and by the looks of things, New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson is more than ready. 

Thursday afternoon, the Pelicans released this photo of Williamson seemingly going through a workout at the team's practice facility (wearing a mask for safety reasons) and he seems to have slimmed down/toned up significantly.

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Williamson's weight has always been the topic of conversation in NBA circles -- he's listed at 284 pounds but often rumored to be as heavy as 300 pounds, especially after his return from a torn right lateral meniscus.

Williamson set the league on fire when he finally returned from injury this season, averaging 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds. He created enough buzz to have the entire basketball world arguing whether or not he should win rookie of the year after only playing 19 games. His competition is the Memphis Grizzlies standout, Ja Morant who's played 59 games while averaging 17.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 6.9 assists and led his team to the eighth place in the Western Conference. 

Washington is set to take on the Pelicans when the season restarts in Orlando on August 7 at 8:00 pm. The Pelicans will be on the second night of a back-to-back game so there is certainly a chance Williamson doesn't see the floor for health and/or reasons. 

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PHOTOS: First look at NBA courts in Disney bubble

PHOTOS: First look at NBA courts in Disney bubble

It's no secret the NBA's restart in Orlando presents a significant logistical challenge for everyone involved, and on Thursday, we got a glimpse into some of the setup going on in the bubble.

The NBA posted photos of teams' practice courts being laid down in their respective resorts and it's definitely a sight to behold. 

Everything about the 2019-20 season is unique so starting a sentence with, "When have you ever seen something like 'X' before" has become a broken record. 

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But, like, seriously. When have you ever seen that many courts laid down side-to-side like that? Especially given the fact that they're all these high-quality, clean NBA courts that most of us have never played on in our lives. 

There's just some crazy stuff going on down in that Orlando bubble. Hopefully, it all results in safely conducted games and an NBA champion crowned at the end of it, of course with no asterisk necessary. 

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