California is not a state reopening quickly, which led to questions about when the four NBA teams in the state — the Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, and Kings — would be able to open their facilities. The four had spoken to the governor’s office about the situation, making the point that while they are technically a gym this is not like opening up the local 24-Hour Fitness.
It worked. The Lakers will open their facilities on Saturday, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic. Although, the Lakers will not have their facilities open seven days a week.
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Expect the other California teams to follow suit quickly.
There are a lot of rules for teams to follow to open their facilities: Only four players can be in the building at a time, and only one shooting at each basket (one coach, one basket, two balls); players’ temperatures will be taken and they will answer questions about their health before they enter the building; the coach rebounding shots will have to wear a mask and gloves, and have on sterilized sneakers; the weight room will be reconfigured to create more space between equipment; meals will be individually packaged and not a buffet, and the list goes on and on.
Players have said it all feels a little strange, but it’s still good to get back in the facilities and get up some shots. It’s a step toward normalcy.
If the NBA restarts its season, teams will go through a roughly three-week training camp before games resume. That camp will take place inside the “bubble” location where players will live, eat, and work.