NBA news: Knicks, Nets allowed to reopen facilities
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Knicks, Nets allowed to reopen facilities ahead of rumored return to play


The NBA seems to be inching closer to a return to action.

A number of teams have opened their facilities for individual workouts and activities in anticipation of the possible resumption of play, and the league has also engaged in “exploratory talks” regarding finishing out the remainder of the season at Disney World.

The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets received some good news of their own on Sunday, with Governor Andrew Cuomo announcing sports teams can resume training amid the coronavirus pandemic.

New York–and especially New York City–was in rough shape in the early stages of the pandemic, but Cuomo’s actions seem to have paid major dividends.

The state’s virus deaths dropped below 100 for the first time in months. While precautions are still necessary, this seems to be an indication the spread of COVID-19 has been reduced in N.Y.

Of course, this news also has drastically different implications for the Knicks and Nets.

The Knicks’ season might very well be over. While the NBA likely hopes to finish out the 82-game schedule, it is possible all alternatives are being considered. Given the Knicks are 12th in the Eastern Conference and 9.5 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot, they might become a casualty of sorts.

Meanwhile, the Nets are in the thick of things in the East. Brooklyn is currently just a half-game up on the Orlando Magic for the seventh seed.

They will have to battle to the finish to maintain their seeding, especially considering Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant will not return until next season.