Three NBA teams — the Portland Trail Blazers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets — are planning to reopen their practice facilities on Friday under specific restrictions set by the league. The NBA is allowing teams that play in areas where safer-at-home measures have been eased to open their practice facilities. However, Blazers guard CJ McCollum questioned the decision given the uncertainty of the coronavirus, as Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports details:
“I am worried like the rest of the world, but I like that it is optional and I’m pleased with the caution, structure and measures the Blazers organization has put in place to ensure the safest environment possible for all parties involved,” McCollum told Yahoo Sports. “I get the measures [the league is] taking, but you have to think at some point when there are drastic measures that need to be taken, ‘Is it really worth it?’ It’s either safe or it’s not.
“ … And let’s just be honest, man, it’s not like it will be the first time players got gym access outside of the team’s facilities. Some people have been working out, if we’re being honest.”
Haynes says that McCollum will go to Portland’s practice facility on Saturday to see if the restrictions in place will help keep players safe and allow them to get in a proper workout:
“The issue is you can go to your practice facility, but there’s all these stipulations,” McCollum told Yahoo Sports. “You can’t use certain stuff, can’t do certain stuff. Now they’re talking about you might have to be 12 feet away from your strength coach. How are you going to lift 12 feet away from somebody?”
Besides Portland, Cleveland and Denver, other teams are preparing to open their facilities soon after the official May 8 launch. Miami is targeting May 13 to let players in for voluntary workouts, per Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press.
You can read more about McCollum’s workout strategy while at home here.