NBA to prohibit private gym workouts
The NBA released a bevy of details about its planned return to action, which is slated for July 30 in the Disney World complex in Orlando, Florida. According to reporting from Dave McMenamin of ESPN, one of the details that was revealed was the fact that players will be unable to work out at private gyms without prior NBA approval.
Here is McMenamin’s full statement via Twitter:
“Starting June 23, players who have been working out at private gyms will be prohibited without prior NBA approval. Several Lakers, LeBron included, spent the majority of their hiatus playing on private courts rather than at the facility, where there are restrictions in place.”
Indeed, many videos and social media missives have been released by players showing them practicing in private gyms – many times with very few masks to be seen among the players.
This will certainly be an interesting time for the NBA and its players, as nothing like this has ever been attempted by a major sports league.
For the NBA, the 22 teams with the best records will be given a chance to make the playoffs – nine from the Eastern Conference and 13 from the Western Conference (meaning only two teams out West didn’t make the cut).
The teams that are already eliminated are a rash of teams from the East: Charlotte, Chicago, New York, Detroit, Atlanta and Cleveland. In the Western Conference, only two teams failed to make the cut for the return of the season: the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors.