After nearly two months of inactivity due to the global outbreak of the coronavirus, the NBA is ready to reopen its practice facilities in areas with relaxed stay-at-home guidelines, as it has informed its teams that it will do so on Friday, May 8. Considering the fact that Texas’ stay-at-home order has expired, the Dallas Mavericks would be one of the teams permitted to open up their practice facilities. Despite this fact though, the Mavericks have no immediate plans to open their facilities, according to owner Mark Cuban. During an appearance on The Athletic’s ’77 Minutes in Heaven’ podcast, Cuban explained that he didn’t think the risk was worth the reward when it comes to re-opening their facilities at this point in time.
“The problem obviously is that because we can’t test people, then we can’t assure anybody’s safety, whether they’re basketball players or anybody else,” Cuban said. “Even though we can try to take all different kinds of precautions, it’s just not worth it, particularly when our guys are staying in shape and they’re going outside and shooting on outdoor hoops and working out in various ways. So I just don’t think the risk is worth the reward.”
One of Cuban’s concerns — and one of the larger looming issues — is the league’s inability to test players for COVID-19. Last week, the league sent out a memo to tell teams not to set up coronavirus tests for asymptomatic members of the organization. The memo also stated that the NBA is still looking into league-wide testing options. In the meantime, teams were instructed to make decisions regarding testing “in consultation with an infectious disease specialist, and in consideration of the patient’s individual circumstances and guidance on testing related to COVID-19 from the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and from the local health authority in the team’s market.”
Source: Associated Press