Nets to Open Practice Facility on Tuesday Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2020

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The Brooklyn Nets are planning to open their practice facility Tuesday, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy

The move comes after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced professional sports organizations across the state are free to permit athletes to return for training.

The NBA gave teams the green light starting May 8 to hold player workouts on a limited basis in states that had relaxed guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A maximum of four players can work out at a time, and coaches are prohibited from being at the facility.

Because states have addressed the pandemic differently, not every franchise has been able to take advantage.

And whereas the Nets are soon to reopen their doors, the same may not be true for the New York Knicks.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday the Knicks "are waiting to learn whether the NBA will include all 30 teams in the season's resumption." According to SNY's Ian Begley, some Knicks players were informed they shouldn't report until early June.

The Nets (30-34) are seventh in the Eastern Conference, while the Knicks (21-45) are in 12th and effectively eliminated from postseason contention. It's easy to see why New York would exercise caution and wonder whether it will be included in the NBA's final plan to restart the 2019-20 season.

NBA spokesperson Mike Bass confirmed Saturday the league is working with representatives to move its operations to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. Play is tentatively scheduled to resume by late July.