The Portland Trail Blazers will have their first practice inside the NBA’s Orlando bubble on Saturday, according to a league memo. Portland is among the final group of teams set to arrive at Disney World on Thursday. After getting to the NBA’s bubble, players and team staff are mandated to follow an in-room quarantine before practices begin.
BREAKING: NBA releases practice schedule to restart the season 2019-20 season. Starts tomorrow with teams holding practices at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. pic.twitter.com/FOy5tgOULK— Maury Brown (@BizballMaury) July 8, 2020
Practice time will be valuable to the Blazers as they adjust their schemes thanks to the arrival of Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins, head coach Terry Stotts said (via Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest):
“We’ve had coaches meetings about how we want to develop our practices, how much to do early, how much to do late, how much to alternate hard practices. We’re going to change some defensive concepts with the addition of Nurk and Zach, so there’ll be teaching, a little bit more teaching some concepts defensively. The contact will work itself out. And the good thing is — we’ve got three weeks of practice to build up.”
The Blazers will participate in scrimmages on July 23 (vs. Indiana), July 26 (vs. Toronto), and July 28 (vs. Oklahoma City) before their first seeding game on July 31 against the Memphis Grizzlies.