With the state of Georgia starting to reopen businesses, the NBA is allowing Atlanta Hawks players to start using the team’s practice facility.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that while players can begin training individually, group workouts and organized team activities are still banned.
Players from other teams are in contact with their respective general managers and have reportedly asked if they should travel to Atlanta so they can work out. Woj says team officials aren’t fully on board with the idea, due to the safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.
Minnesota will allow some businesses to open today, so the Timberwolves may look at opening up their practice facility soon as well.
From a Kings standpoint, this doesn’t change much. The Golden 1 Center won’t be opening anytime soon with restrictions not being lifted anytime soon.
With the population of California, it is tough to project how to safely open up without risking the spreading of the virus. Gov. Gavin Newsom has stated that having fans at sporting events isn’t something he anticipates happening over the next several months. So if or when the NBA season resumes, there is a good chance games will be played without fans.
The other idea the league has floated around is to gather teams in neutral cities where the risk is low, but this is another option that is still at least weeks away from even starting to come to fruition.
It will be interesting to see how things go in Georgia regarding the coronavirus. With businesses open under social distancing rules, if the numbers don’t climb there over the coming weeks, there might be more pressure to start lifting restrictions.
The season has been on hold since March 11 when the Kings were just minutes away from tipping off against the New Orleans Pelicans.
With 18 games remaining, Sacramento is 3.5 games out of a playoff spot. At this point, we still don’t know if the Kings will have the chance to get back to the postseason for the first time since 2006.
Onto some more links:
Kings forward Bogdan Bogdanovic rejected the team’s offer for an extension back in October. Forbes’ Sean Deveney wrote a piece on if Bogi will regret that decision with the uncertain financial picture the NBA will face when it returns.
Former Kings fan favorite Jack Cooley is still looking to continue his basketball career. The former Notre Dame star detailed his mindset on the “Purple Talk,” podcast. (H/T Yahoo! Sports)
From around the NBA:
Short players have always been beloved by fans for making it in a league full of giants. Bleacher Report went back and ranked the 15 best players who 6’0 and under. One former King made the list, although his time in Sacramento was short.
With ESPN’s “The Last Dance,” being a hot topic in the sports world, Tim Keown wrote a nice piece on what Dennis Rodman was like as a pop-culture icon in the 90s.