Danny Ainge hopes Celtics' training facility opens next week

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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge seems optimistic about the team's practice facility opening soon and also the NBA season resuming.

Appearing on ESPN's The Lowe Post podcast, Ainge said he hopes for the facility to open next week.

“Massachusetts has been one of the slowest in opening things up. Our next phase is, we’ll open up our facility. We’re hoping to do it next week,” he said. “It’s 1-on-1... one coach, one player. Coaches with masks and gloves. Players in the gym, disinfect the gym. I don’t think anybody’s afraid of that. If I said we’re two or three weeks away from playing, I’m sure there would be some players that would have some trepidation. I think everybody’s just really anxious to play right now. That’s what I think.”

A few NBA teams have already opened its training facilities, but with strict restrictions in place.

As for the season resuming, he acknowledged the time isn't right at the moment, but believes at some point it will.

“These are the times that we play for,” Ainge said. “It’s almost like we just played 60 games and it doesn’t mean anything. I think that I would like to finish the season. I think most of the players, if not all the players, would like to finish the season and move on to next year.”

The NBA stopped play on March 11.