Report: Knicks Players Told to Prepare to Train for 2020 Season in Early June

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2020

New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) is shown in action during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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The New York Knicks are reportedly ramping up for a return to play this summer.

According to SNY's Ian Begley and Scott Thompson, "some Knicks players have been told recently to be ready to report to train in early June."

That would track with a tweet from Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie last week:

Spencer Dinwiddie @SDinwiddie_25

That’s just practice... I heard those last 5 games at bubble site start July 15th. https://t.co/EsF3omehYQ

Begley and Thompson added that "several players are optimistic that training will begin in June to prepare for whatever season the NBA decides on down the road."

Where the Knicks go for a training camp is up in the air. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday that "among marketplaces where governmental restrictions are keeping practice facilities shuttered, teams are asking the NBA whether players can bypass returns to those cities and report directly to the league's proposed campus environment for the start of training camps."

That includes teams from New York, per that report. The issue teams are raising is that they don't want players to have to quarantine twice—once when they report to their normal host city, and again when they report to a bubble site (which Eastern Conference teams believe will be Orlando's Walt Disney World). 

"The NBA, in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association, is engaged in exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney Company about restarting the 2019-20 NBA season in late July at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida as a single site for an NBA campus for games, practices and housing," the league's chief communications officer, Mike Bass, said in a statement, per SYN.

The Knicks also don't even know if they'll actually be a part of any season resumption. If the league decides to bypass the remainder of the regular season and go with some sort of play-in tournament and postseason, it's unlikely the Knicks would be included given their place in the standings (21-45, 9.5 games out of the No. 8 seed). 

But it sounds as though the team is preparing for a return to action regardless.