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Woj Report: NBA re-opening practice facilities where stay-at-home orders have been eased

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The league is still far from a return to action, however

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Yesterday evening, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that beginning on Friday, NBA teams will be allowed to re-open their practice facilities to players in areas where stay-at-home orders have been eased. You can read Woj’s full article on ESPN.com, but here are the main bullet points he tweeted out.

Things have not been normal in the world of sports (or anywhere else, really) for the better part of six weeks. It’s understandable to view this situation as a small step towards the league getting back to business-as-usual. Still, there are concerns that these phased-in re-openings in certain places across the country could be coming too soon, possibly leading to a second wave of COVID-19 cases, as we’ve seen in Singapore and some other Asian countries. Obviously, the NBA has nothing to do with those decisions, and it seems like this move to re-open facilities has been made precisely to avoid a situation where players enter crowded group gyms of their own accord, but I just want to temper expectations for people who might become too optimistic about this news.

From the Sixers’ perspective, it will still be a while before this latest news becomes applicable, as New Jersey (where the team’s training complex is located) and Pennsylvania are among the six states with the most reported COVID-19 cases. It is unlikely that stay-at-home orders will be eased around this area anytime soon, let alone by Friday.

Hopefully, wherever these re-openings are occurring, teams take the proper precautions and everyone stays safe. As Chris Paul said earlier this week, players will need at least three-to-four weeks of preparation to return to the court after this suspension of activity. Within a best-case scenario, the ability to return to practice facilities on an individual basis could help move towards that goal in some small way.