NBA Season Restart Closer As Teams Arrive At Disney World, Orlando
The NBA officially returns on July 30. The league has finalized a comprehensive plan for the restart. As the big day approaches, teams are now traveling to Disney World Resort in Orlando to prepare for their games and get back in shape.
Team practice facilities in the NBA have been open for months now, and teams are welcome to conduct individual practices. However, none of them had an actual practice yet. It seems like teams are still testing the waters before Disney World opens.
After the NBA’s shutdown, teams encouraged their players to focus on individual workouts and voluntary training at home. We have yet to see their programs and activities, but early bird teams in Orlando will conduct official training when the NBA fully opens its training facilities at the Disney complex today, Thursday.
The league promised to protect players against COVID-19 in a bubble environment, so training facilities in the complex would likely be safe. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that both the NBA Player Association and Disney World approved the restart plan:
“We have worked together with the Players Association to establish a restart plan that prioritizes health and safety, preserves competitive fairness, and provides a platform to address social justice issues…We are grateful to our longtime collaborator Disney for its role in playing host and making this return to play possible, and we also thank the public health officials and infectious disease specialists who helped guide the creation of comprehensive medical protocols and protections.”
Teams who arrived at the Disney complex last Tuesday and Wednesday are now safe and settled. More teams are set to arrive today. So, latecomers might conduct their practice sessions as early as Friday or Saturday. The league faces no issues yet, except for players who tested positive for the virus before the teams finalize their rosters participating in Orlando.
As teams are not allowed to train alongside other franchises, each team is assigned a three-hour window to conduct group practice on a pair of side-by-side courts. Private training and weight rooms are also in the area. After three hours, the staff at Disney World will clean and sanitize the area and the equipment to prepare for the next team.