Portland, Houston and Denver to open team facilities

From Rob Goldberg of B/R

The Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets are among the first teams opening their facilities Friday as part of a return from the hiatus caused by the coronavirus, according to Jeff Zillgitt and Mark Medina of USA Today

“That’s the plan,” Rockets CEO Tad Brown said of opening on May 8. “We’re certainly expecting it, and we’ll provide the safest possible environment for our guys.”

The NBA announced last month that beginning on May 8, teams could begin reopening facilities in accordance with the relaxation of state and local COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.

There are still restrictions, including limiting workouts to four players at a time and banning head and assistant coaches from participating.

While the NBA is allowing teams to use facilities for the first time since the season was suspended in March, not every organization will take advantage.

Beyond the Rockets, Trail Blazers and Nuggets, Zillgitt and Medina predict “maybe another team or two” will open.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks could open soon as well, with Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said his team is “aiming to be open next week.”

However, others are located in states with strict orders, including the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets.

The Golden State Warriors will not be able to open until at least June 1.

The varied availability between teams could have a significant impact on when the 2019-20 season could potentially resume.

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