Silver also held a conference call with the GMs on Thursday, discussing what the potential restart of training camp would look like (a two-week training camp in each team's market, followed by a two-week quarantined training camp in the playing location), an update on the league's COVID-19 testing protocols (the National Basketball Association is trying to acquire tests that use saliva or test via the tip of the nose given resistance to nasal swab testing), and how the bubble sites could operate (namely that teams could share support services like doctors and security personnel, to lessen the number of people involved in these bubble sites). The league has asked team general managers for additional input on those matters.
The league is expected to use Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida as a campus hub for Eastern Conference teams and Las Vegas for Western Conference teams. "That's why we'll be in Orlando".
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Boston Celtics are one of the teams asking the league if they can skip gathering in their home cities and progress right to the league's bubble site or sites.
"Places are opening up". "The virus itself didn't get better. stay safe".
The Celtics' Auerbach Center practice facility has not yet been approved to reopen by state of MA, but 21 other teams around the nation have begun the first stage of reopening and have their practice facilities open.
The next steps along a return-to-play path would likely include a loosening of the restrictions for those voluntary workouts - no more than four players are now allowed inside any facility at a time - and then a plan for when training camps could open.
Leagues around the world have started getting the OK from officials to return to play in June.
Rescheduling at least some regular season games could be a major perk for players, even though some teams are out of the playoff mix.
Bass essentially confirmed the league is taking the first step toward the resumption of play amid the coronavirus pandemic.