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