Clubs seek solutions to train before restarting competition



The teams are questioning the NBA if they can use the fields proposed by the league for their training, since in some cities the government restrictions on premises closings due to the coronavirus pandemic remain in force .

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Most teams in regions that still maintain stay-at-home policies due to the pandemic, have a large number of players who left their cities based during the shutdown and would have to remain in quarantine for an extended period, perhaps up to 14 days, before joining trainings at the facilities of their respective franchise.

Clubs want to avoid double quarantine

Teams want to avoid having to quarantine a significant number of their player rosters twice, one returning to more restrictive markets, and another, in the place they call "bubble", where the championship would take place.

Executives of the Brooklyn Nets, the Celtics of Boston, the New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors are some of those teams that request information from the league.

According to various sources, the NBA has told those teams that it plans to work with them on solutions possibly including a option for some teams to go directly to the field or to "bubble" sites instead of the team facilities where training camps are to be organized.

The NBA has a convocation established atoria of the board of governors for next Friday, which is expected to provide additional details to the teams in a schedule and plan to continue the season.

Although not yet official, the teams expect the league I instructed them to start sending their players to the team's host cities on or about June 1.

21 training facilities open

The same sources indicated that some teams are considering establishing temporary training camps at temporary headquarters before arriving at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, where Eastern Conference teams expect them to be housed for the completion of the regular season.

A total of 21 league training facilities are open for players to individually and voluntarily do prep work.

But in most cases, executives at the team's main offices said they cannot accept players returning to their host cities to begin preparing for the resumption of the season without the commissioner announcing that the season will resume.

The league still [1 9459011] are unsure about the regular season and the playoff structure that they will use to complete it.

Additionally, several members of the league's board of governors believe that the NBA's preference is that it should not all teams resume the season, but only those with chances to make the playoffs, but that remains undecided and commissioner Adam Silver hopes to have it defined in the coming weeks.

The participation of the stars in the Games could be complicated

Although at the moment there are many gaps in the process of returning to the season, most of the owners of the NBPA teams, executives, and members believe that Silver will give the green light for a return to play in June.

Those same league members agree that they expect games to resume in sometime before the end of July, sources said, meaning the season won't end until August and the 2020-2021 season won't start until December.

That will make the playoffs for the next season will not be until July and August so NBA stars will not be able to be at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics with the United States national team.


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