Report: Few NBA teams to open facilities Friday

FILE PHOTO: An NBA logo is seen on the facade of its flagship store at the Wangfujing shopping street in Beijing, China October 8, 2019. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

As few as three NBA teams are reportedly planning to allow players into team facilities on Friday, the first day the league is permitting individual workouts in states where coronavirus restrictions have been relaxed.

USA Today reported the Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets are the only franchises certain to host players this week. While “maybe another team or two” may open facilities for players on Friday, others are more than three weeks from hosting players for individual workouts, including the Golden State Warriors, according to the report.

Per the NBA’s guidelines, only four players at a time are permitted in the team facility and social distancing practices, including wearing masks when possible, are mandatory.

The NBA suspended its season March 11 and has been navigating shifting plans and projections on a potential return for weeks.

Detailed specifications for cleaning and managing the facility and any equipment within the workout areas used by players were set out by the NBA.

A to-do list for teams sent Tuesday was more than 14 pages with particulars on preparing and sanitizing the environment for players and team employees.

--Field Level Media