Only 3 NBA teams plan to reopen practice facilities Friday

The Bulls won’t return while Illinois’ stay-at-home orders remain in place.

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Coach J.B. Bickerstaff’s Cleveland Cavaliers are one of three NBA teams expected to return to practice on Friday.

Coach J.B. Bickerstaff’s Cleveland Cavaliers are one of three NBA teams expected to return to practice on Friday.

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Even though the NBA targeted Friday for teams to open their practice facilities to a limited number of players at a time, just three teams — the Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets — plan to make their facility available on that day.

The Bulls will not open Friday with the state under stay-at-home orders until May 30. The team is taking direction from local authorities and the NBA.

The Houston Rockets had planned to open Friday, but Texas Gov. Greg Abbott pushed back the opening of gyms until May 18 so the Rockets will follow those guidelines.

The Atlanta Hawks plan toopen sometime next week, but several teams remain at least a week away, and in the case of the Golden State Warriors, weeks away, from bringing in players for individual workouts as the league deals with coronavirus-related fallout.

The league suspended its season March 11 but would like to resume if conditions allow.

In a memo delivered on Tuesday, the NBA informed teams they could reopen where stay-at-home orders have been eased. In a previous memo, the NBA provided a detailed and extensive 14-page to-do list to ensure safe and clean environments for players. Also, no more than four players at a time can use the practice facility for workouts.

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