While the NBA continues to figure out a plan to possibly salvage the 2019-20 NBA season, some teams have been given permission by the NBA and their local governments to reopen their practice facilities for individual workouts (under guidelines). The Lakers were reportedly going to possibly do this on May 16th, with Shams Charania and The Athletic further confirming that by reporting the confirmation today.
— Stadium (@Stadium) May 15, 2020
Shams Charania says that they will have to follow strict social distancing guidelines advised to them from the NBA, after receiving joint approval from the NBA and L.A. County health officials to reopen facilities. Charania also states that the Lakers will keep the facilities open on a limited basis, with the facility not being open all 7 days of the week moving forward. Players will have to probably tier the times of the workouts with each other to avoid multiple players, trainers, and staff in small rooms all at the same time.
This doesn’t necessarily show a positive sign in the league being able to resume the season soon or ever, but it does give the Lakers organization a chance to return to some normalcy. More importantly, it gives their players a better opportunity to train properly for a possible resumption of the season, as operations may be sped up to start up games once a resumption decision is met.
Most NBA players aside from the Lakers reside in L.A., with most, if not all of the Lakers presumed to be in the L.A. area. Don’t be surprised if you start to see Instagram stores of the boys in the Lakers’ gym, trying to get themselves in the best shape possible for some basketball.