The Mavericks will become the next team to open their practice facility, according to Callie Caplan of The Dallas Morning News. Coach Rick Carlisle confirmed that the facility will be reopened Thursday for limited player workouts.
Carlisle provided details about the return during a Zoom meeting today with players, coaches and the team internist. Under league rules, only four players at a time are permitted in the facility and no group activities such as practices or scrimmages are allowed.
“One of the things we went over in the Zoom call today were the procedures for going in and out of the facility and procedures from going workout to workout, and there’s a lot of detail involved,” Carlisle said. “(Owner) Mark Cuban has been very vigilant on the fact that we cannot be in a rush to reopen unless the timing is right.
“So we probably are (one of the last facilities) to reopen, but I’m actually proud of that fact because I think it’s been the right decision, and I also know our players have been doing a great job on their own of staying in shape and taking care of themselves, so we have a high level of trust with our players.”
The NBA allowed players to begin working out at their team facilities on May 8, but the Mavericks have remained cautious, even though Texas Gov. Greg Abbott lifted a stay-at-home order on May 1. Dallas’ decision leaves the Celtics, Knicks, Bulls, Pistons, Wizards, Spurs and Warriors as the only teams not using their facilities.