NBA to reopen facilities in states to ease home stay orders, report says

NBA to reopen facilities in states to ease home stay orders, report says

Georgia, where Governor Brian Kemp started to restart the economy last week, was specifically cited by one of the many executives on the team who would be interested in reinstating players in training.

Players will be allowed to train voluntarily individually but not as a team, sources told ESPN.

The NBA plans to find alternative training arrangements for players in states where home stay orders remain fully intact. The move of the league to reopen the facilities does not mean that the season will start anytime soon, ESPN sources said.

No news, says Cuban

But Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban Sunday evening, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, the NBA gave no indication that the facilities would reopen.

“Obviously, the minute it is safe, we want to try to go back and get the guys to train and prepare for the games. But we’re not there yet,” said Cuban.

If the games resume this season, said Cuban, he expected them to be made for television: “I don’t see how by the start of the games – when that happens – there will be protocols And the last thing we want to do is not only put our players and our important staff at risk, but obviously the fans. And so we are not going to do anything until it is absolutely, positively safe. “

Cuban said he would come back to play without fans.

“If we can play without supporters, I will definitely insist and I think the league will. I think we have a moral obligation to do so,” he said. “We are dying for content, we are dying for teams, we are dying to be passionate about games and we are just ready to go out and encourage the community. And so yes, I really think if we are able to remove it without fans, we will definitely do it. “

Suspended season

The NBA has become the first American sports league to suspend its season March 11, after the Utah jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus. Gobert’s test results arrived shortly before the Jazz game against the Oklahoma City Thunder kicked off.

Thousands of fans had already signed up for Thunder’s Chesapeake Energy Arena when the match was postponed. The NBA also canceled the New Orleans Pelicans-Sacramento Kings game that night, and the season was suspended soon after.

“The NBA will use this hiatus to determine the next steps to move forward with regard to the coronavirus pandemic,” the league said in a statement.

The day after the NBA announcement, the dominoes have fallen with Major League Soccer, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League making similar moves. The Champions League football tournament in Europe, Summer olympics and several professional golf and tennis events have also been reported.
The NCAA female and male March Madness Basketball Tournaments were definitively canceled, as was the British Wimbledon and Golf Open.

The NFL, which is set to start on August 6 with the Hall of Fame preseason game in Canton, Ohio, has not announced any plans to suspend or truncate its season.

The NFL Draft, which was practically carried out with team leaders selecting the best university players from their country last week, making it one of the first sport-related events held in the country since the start of the pandemic. the The WNBA also carried out its project earlier this month.

CNN’s David Close and Jason Hanna contributed to this report.


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