NBA targets May 8 as day some practice facilities can reopen for individual workouts

The NBA is targeting no earlier than May 8 to allow player workouts at practice facilities, but the league can push back that date “if developments warrant,” according to a news release on Monday.

The league wants to ensure “safe and controlled environments for players to train in states that allow them to do so, and to create a process for identifying safe training options for players located in other states,” the news release said

“The potential rules changes would allow teams to make their practice facilities available for use by the team’s players for workouts or treatment on a voluntary, individual basis if the team’s facility is in a city that is no longer subject to a government restriction. For any team that, due to a government restriction, is prohibited from making its facility available for use by the team’s players, the league will work with the team to identify alternatives.”

The league also sent two memos to teams on Monday. One memo detailed workout policies for use of team facilities and player travel, and the other memo detailed health requirements and recommendations.

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DeMarcus Cousins shoots during a workout at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility on Jan. 29. (Photo: Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports)

Here are workout policies, according to a memo:

  • If facility is available, no more than four players are allowed at the facility.
  • A maximum of one team staffer may provide in-person supervision and only if requested by the player. Head coaches and first-row bench coaches are not permitted to supervise.
  • Player participation is voluntary and teams cannot request a player’s presence.
  • No player may use a facility other than that of his NBA team; this includes health clubs, fitness centers, gym or college facility.
  • If a player has traveled from his team’s market and wants to resume allowed workouts, he must coordinate and consult with his team and should travel by car if within driving distance.

The 14-page health memo, which reinforced strict physical distancing, reduced use of shared objects and spaces, rigorous cleaning and disinfection procedures, and the prioritization of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, included these details:

  • Players must wear facemasks or face coverings when inside the practice facility except when engaged in physical activity.
  • Any staff member working with a plyer must wear gloves.
  • Treatment table must be 12 feet apart.
  • Equipment, such as basketballs, workout gear, treatment table, foam rollers, must be properly and thoroughly disinfected after each use.
  • Frequently touched objects, such as keys and cellphones, must be cleaned and disinfected upon entering the facility.
  • No meals may be provided to players at the facility, except for single-use items such as nutrition bars and individually bottled beverages.
  • One senior executive must serve as the facility’s hygiene officer to ensure all conditions are met.
  • Players and essential staffers must have symptom and temperature checks prior to entering the facility.

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