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Miami Mayor: Heat will be allowed to practice next week

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez also believes that fans will be back in the stands within the next month.

Miami Heat general manager Pat Riley during the 2019 NBA All-Star Game at Spectrum Center.  Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat will be allowed to return to their practice facility when it opens next week on May 8, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez told FOX Radio host Andy Slater in an interview. The Mayor also said in this interview that he thinks fans could return to stands as early as June.

The NBA was expected to re-open practice facilities to teams this Friday. Instead, there was backlash from teams about opening up the facilities, including the Atlanta Hawks, who refused to allow players to get back to practice so soon. So with that, the League decided that teams could return to practice on May 8 if their city gives them the green light. Miami is giving the Heat the green light, though we don’t know for sure if the Heat will actually return to practice.

The idea of fans being in stands as early as next month seems like a stretch as well. Not sure what’s in the water in Miami right now. I know that the weather down there is nicer, but I don’t think that makes going out with the coronavirus pandemic still happening any safer. We’ll see if Pat Riley announces anything further regarding the Heat practicing. It will also be interesting to see if other teams allow for individual workouts or if teams hold off a little longer.