Among markets where government restrictions keep practice facilities closed, teams ask the NBA if players can get around returns in those cities and report directly to the league’s proposed campus environment for the start of the workout, sources tell ESPN.
Most teams in regions that still adhere to return home policies amid the coronavirus pandemic have an abundance of players who left the market during the arrest and were supposed to be quarantined for an extended period – perhaps up to to 14 days – before participating in training in team facilities. The teams want to avoid having to quarantine significant portions of their lists twice — once they return to more restrictive markets and, again, to the bubble site.
In anticipation of the league’s expectation to restart the season, the NBA has said to those teams that it plans to work with them on solutions that could include redirecting some teams directly to campus / bubble sites instead of facilities to hold camps. training, sources said.
The NBA has set an invitation from the Board of Governors for next Friday, which is expected to include further details to the teams on a calendar and plans to proceed with the completion of the season. The teams expect the league to instruct them to start calling players back to their team’s markets around June 1st, sources tell ESPN.
Brooklyn, Boston, New York, and Toronto executives were among those on Thursday’s Director General’s call with the League office expressing concern about how waiting for the League to release a schedule complicates their ramp-ups to return to. unique ways to those markets, sources said.
For example, here’s what Raptors’ All-Star guard Kyle Lowry wants to avoid: he trained in Philadelphia and may have to return to Toronto and quarantine him for two weeks – without the guarantee that Canadian regulations would allow him to use the facility. of the team during that time. The conditioning gains he had achieved could be mitigated, just as Lowry and others are trying to speed up preparation.
Some teams have considered setting up temporary training camps at intermediate stops before arriving at Disney World in Orlando, where Eastern Conference teams expect them to be stationed to complete the season, sources said. Twenty-one of the league practice facilities are open for voluntary training, but most players on Knicks and Nets have not returned to the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, New York. In most cases, front office executives say, they are unable to return players to their markets to begin preparing for the resumption of the season without the commissioner announcing that the season will be resumed.
The ranking represents another complication for the teams. Birds of prey and nets participate firmly in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but the Knicks are waiting to know if the NBA will include all 30 teams in the resumption of the season – or will keep some teams at the bottom of the Eastern and Western Conference ranking for the summer .
In formal and informal conversations with owners, managers and players, the league is still uncertain about the regular season and the structure of the playoffs that it will use to complete the season.
In Thursday’s call, the championship was vague in detail of several shooting scenarios still under consideration, including a regular season program of 30 teams modified directly in the playoffs, pool-play rounds of a play-in tournament and play models -in with less than 30, but more than 16 teams, sources said. Several members of the league’s Board of Governors believe that the league’s preference is not to induce all teams to resume the season, but remains undecided. First, fewer teams, fewer people are likely to spread or contract COVID-19. In addition, with little chance to play more than 5-7 regular season games, a month of preparation seems like too much investment for the bottom-ranked teams.
And the idea of rewarding the worst teams in the league in a play-in tournament was met with little enthusiasm. Of the teams at the bottom of the rankings, most in private want nothing more than to keep their lottery odds strong – not dilute those percentages trying to win a handful of insignificant games. They are even less thrilled to include key players, veterans and injury risks in those games.
However, 30 teams who complete a comparable number of regular season games before the playoffs allow for a fairer weighting of the lottery odds for the NBA draw — and give the league a chance to maximize revenue streams for television contracts regional sports networks.
Among the concerns of the championship contenders at each conference are sessions lazily in Orlando or Las Vegas awaiting the results of a play-in tournament, sources said. Contending teams wondered if the NBA would allow them to delay arrivals to the campus site while the play-in tournament is underway, “Just not to have to sit around and wait for it to end there,” an ESP said. to a GM.
The teams are pressing the championship for the timeline, but are still resisting an official release of it. Concerns include the irregular process of bringing players overseas to North America and some GMs describing voluntary training environments that are losing momentum and interest among players.
“The novelty of being back in the facility, and how limited it is, has run out for the kids,” said a GM. “Our kids are telling the others: stay away. Keep playing in the high school gym you’re using.”
The NBA is discussing a step-by-step plan for a recovery of the 2019-2020 season which includes an initial two-week recall of players to the team markets for a quarantine period, one to two weeks of individual team training facilities and a two to three week formal training camp, sources reported to ESPN. Excluding an unexpected turn of events, many NBA owners, executives and NBPA elders believe that silver will give the go-ahead for the return to play in June – with games expected to resume before the end of July, sources said.