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Report: NBA pushes back opening of practice facilities to May 8 [UPDATE]

After the Hawks decided to not re-open, the League has now moved the date back and will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic.

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UPDATE: Well, that didn’t take too long. The NBA has decided to wait until no earlier than May 8 to re-open practice facilities, pushing back the original date by a week, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported.

Teams were planning on opening up practice facilities to players and staff on Friday, though it would be strictly for individual workouts — no large practices. Shams has more details on the NBA’s new plan for re-opening practice facilities. The League is essentially giving teams the option to open them on May 8 if their city is cool with it.

Each team will have a designated Facility Hygiene Officer. This position will be held by a senior executive, so we won’t get anyone like LeBron James in this role.

The NBA is receiving a fair amount of pushback on their decision to re-open practice facilities this week, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday afternoon.

The Atlanta Hawks won’t open their practice facilities for personnel to use on Friday despite the NBA allowing teams to do so. The Hawks are opting to stay on the safe side. Woj got a direct quote from Hawks GM Travis Schlenk.

Now there’s a chance the NBA will decide to move the date back from this Friday, perhaps a week or two, per Woj.