Knicks Close Facility After 3 Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

Blake SchusterAnalyst IIINovember 11, 2020

James Dolan, executive chairman of  Madison Square Garden, sits at a news conference next to the team logo where he introduced Phil Jackson as the new president of the New York Knicks, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in New York. Jackson, who won two NBA titles as a player for the New York Knicks, also won 11 championships while coaching the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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The New York Knicks shut down their training facility after three employees tested positive for the coronavirus during routine screenings, the team announced Tuesday evening.

All three individuals are asymptomatic and have entered quarantine.

The Madison Square Garden Training Center will undergo a "thorough cleaning" before the franchise reopens it.

New York is not disclosing the names of the employees who contracted the virus.

The outbreak comes as teams are preparing for training camps to open in advance of the league's December 22 start.

Unlike the end of last season, the NBA does not plan to place all teams inside a bubble and will instead work to keep teams on as normal a schedule as possible. Tuesday's news doesn't signal a delay to the Knicks' season, but it could give other clubs around the league reason to pause and review protocols before practices begin.

There is no timeline for the Knicks to reopen their facility.

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