It’s been exactly a month and a half since the NBA closed their doors. This was due to the novel coronavirus that’s been spreading through the United State like wildfire, affecting thousands, including some current NBA players.
However, a return could be on the horizon as the league will start to allow team facilities to open back up their facilities.
However, they’re likely to do so with the utmost caution as re-opening too quickly, a conversation the leaders of state’s economy are also discussing, could cause major backlash with potential for a second wave.
That said, according to ESPN’s NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA facilities will be opening up on Friday, but it will vary depending on the state.
“The NBA is reopening team practice facilities beginning on Friday for players in states and municipalities that are loosening stay-at-home restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, sources told ESPN.”
Woj also reported that these voluntary workouts are going to be for individuals and any group workouts are still prohibited. At the very least, this is a start towards the return towards normalcy.
We still don’t know what will happen to the NBA season as it was suspended with around 15 games per team left. Will they finish those and give a shortened offseason? Will they skip directly to the postseason?
Obviously, the standings were already somewhat finalized but both conferences had shifting that could’ve occurred.
That said, for the state of Kentucky, this won’t matter too much. Without an NBA team, fans of the Lexington-based University of Kentucky do have a vested interest as many watch some of their favorite Wildcats at the sport’s highest level.
Atop the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers, partially led by former Wildcats star Anthony Davis, were on route to contending for his first NBA championship when everything was quickly shut down.
Let’s hope that’s a reality fans will still be able to see.