ESPN's Wojnarowski: NBA To Allow Teams To Open Practice Facilities

Saturday, April 25th 2020, 5:40 pm
By: Nate Kotisso

The NBA will allow teams to open practice facilities in areas where state and local governments have "eased stay-at-home orders" beginning May 1, ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday.

At first glance, the Oklahoma City Thunder appear to fall into the category of teams that would be eligible for the reopening of its basketball practice facility.

Governor Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday that sporting venues and gyms can begin reopening on May 1. During a Friday press conference, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt said the city's shelter-in-place order will end on April 30 and begin reopening procedures on May 1 in accordance with Governor Stitt's plan.

Under these circumstances, Wojnarowski said, NBA teams will be allowed to open their facilities to players on a voluntary basis for individual workouts. Group workouts are still prohibited.

Wojnarowski also reported that the opening of practice facilities does not signal a "resumption of the season is imminent" because the NBA is still uncertain on when it can resume competition.