REPORT: Knicks set for early June training ahead of potential NBA return
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced earlier on Sunday that the state’s sports teams — including the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets — would be allowed to open up facilities and resume training.
The NBA has already cleared teams to re-open, with the league also declaring that franchises can call players back to their respective markets. Workouts, however, are still to be done individually as part of NBA protocol.
Considering this development, it appears the Knicks are moving quickly to get their players back on the floor.
Ian Begley of SNY TV reported that various Knicks players have been told to prepare to get back to training in early June, though the exact date and location of workouts remains unknown.
As the NBA is nearing a potential return to its 2020 season, some Knicks players have been told recently to be ready to report to train in early June, sources tell SNY’s Ian Begley. However, where that exact location will be is still a mystery.
The NBA is making a concerted effort to get the ball rolling and establish a return to play.
League spokesperson Mike Bass said the NBA has engaged Disney in talks to host the remainder of the 2019-20 season at Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. It would seem the target date for the resumption of play is sometime in July.
Then again, it is possible the Knicks will not even play again this season. The NBA sent out a survey to all 30 GMs, offering an assortment of options for how best to proceed with competitive formats. One of those formats would be advancing directly to the playoffs.
For now, however, the Knicks are preparing as if they will have the opportunity to finish their season.