NBA hopeful majority of team facilities will be open next week

By Vincent Frank
Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Those around the NBA are optimistic that the 2019-20 season will resume in some form here soon after the campaign was suspended two months ago.

A lot of this will be dependent on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and widespread testing being available to players and personnel.

Though, the first step in this process has to be every team opening up its facilities for workouts. As of right now, that has not happened.

The NBA is now reportedly hopeful that 22 of the Association’s 30 teams will have said facilities open by Monday.

While some teams have opened their facilities, others have pushed back against that idea. It’s all a learning process at this point.

Under NBA guidelines, social distancing is the name of the game. Only four players can be present at the facility at one time. Said players can participate in individual workouts only.

Until there’s more widespread workouts available and team scrimmages, the idea of the season starting any time soon can be thrown out the window.

As of right now, the latest plan includes the season resuming at Walt Disney World in Orlando and the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada. It’s estimated that the NBA will be making a decision about the 2019-20 season within 2-4 weeks.

Though, this latest piece of information has to be seen as good news.