NBA receiving ‘significant pushback’ on plan to reopen practice facilities


Sunday provided some hopeful news about some NBA practice facilities reopening in the days to come, but that may prove to be premature.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the league is receiving “significant pushback” on its reported plan to allow teams to reopen facilities for individual workouts in states that have eased stay-at-home orders.

NBA has received significant pushback from teams about idea of re-opening practice facilities in selected states and municipalities, team officials tell ESPN. Competive balance hasn’t been issue — player/staff safety has. Teams are still awaiting a more detailed NBA plan today.

As an example, Atlanta Hawks GM Travis Schlenk said the team has no intention of opening its facilities even if the NBA allows it.

Hawks GM Travis Schlenk says in the enclosed interview that Atlanta has “no plans” to open their practice facility Friday — even if the NBA officially clears teams this week to do so in states (like Georgia) where stay-at-home restrictions have been eased

Despite reports that @ATLHawks
could open practice facility as early as this Friday, GM Travis Schlenk told me this morning the @NBA club has no plans to do so right now.

This is why we’re a long way away from basketball. Teams won’t reopen facilities until they’re completely sure it’s safe, even for individual workouts. It doesn’t matter what local and state governments say.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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