The Pelicans practice facility in Metairie had been closed since March 20th due to the coronavirus pandemic, but is able to reopen with some restrictions today.
The NBA does not want any more than four players in a team’s building at one time. While there, the players are allowed to workout with one staff member, but not the head coach or an assistant. The staff member who is rebounding for the player while working on shooting must wear gloves at all times and anyone who steps foot into the facility must have their temperature checked.
While it’s not a full return to team’s holding practices, it is at least a positive step towards the suspended season being able to resume.
“I do believe there are going to be games,” said Fox Sports New Orleans voice of the Pelicans Joel Meyers. “I believe we are going to get games in July; not in June, because that’s too soon. You’ve got to get guys back in the gym, get them in shape. They’ve got to get a rhythm and that requires at least 3 weeks.”
If games are able to eventually resume where they left off, the Pelicans will be perched 3.5 games out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference with 18 games left to play after the NBA season. A date or location for games to be played have not been determined yet.