A 25-day program designed to get players back in action is one of the ideas being floated around as the NBA explores ways to resume its season, Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports. Players would undergo 11 days of individual workouts while maintain some measure of social distancing. A two-week training camp would follow with entire teams participating. NBA executives and training staff have expressed players would require approximately a month to get back into shape after such a long layoff.
We have more from around the league on coronavirus-related topics:
- Pistons owner Tom Gores will purchase and donate 100,000 surgical masks for distribution among Detroit-area health care workers, according to a team press release. Gores is making arrangements to buy the surgical grade masks from a supplier in New Jersey. The masks are expected to be delivered by mid-week. Michigan has been hit hard by COVID-19 with the third-most deaths in the country due to the virus.
- The NBA could learn some lessons on how to restart its season from Taiwan, believed to be the world’s only widely-recognized pro basketball league currently in operation, Marc Stein of the New York Times reports. Taiwan’s Super Basketball League is playing games in a gym with no fans in a smaller version of the “bubble” environment that the NBA will likely try to replicate, Stein continues. The only people allowed inside, beyond the teams and the referees, are camera operators for the television broadcasts, the scoring crew, and journalists.
- Playing in a neutral quarantined environment, with players and personnel isolated from the rest of society and undergoing frequent rapid-response tests, are the most logical ways for the NBA to resume its season, according to Omari Sankofa II of the Detroit Free Press.