The NBA is allowing teams to reopen their practice facilities as early as this Friday in areas that have eased safer-at-home restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Jeff Zillgitt and Mark Medina of USA Today report that the Portland Trail Blazers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets are planning to reopen their practice facilities on May 8:
Even though the NBA targeted Friday for teams to open their practice facilities to a limited number of players at a time, just a few teams – the Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets and maybe another team or two – plan to make their facility available on that day.
The NBA outlined the restrictions that players and team personnel will have to follow during training:
- No more than four players would be permitted at a facility at any one time.
- No head or assistant coaches could participate.
- Group activity remains prohibited, including practices or scrimmages.
- Players remain prohibited from using non-team facilities such as public health clubs, fitness centers, or gyms.
You can read more about when additional teams may open their practice facilities here.