The Sacramento Kings will open the doors to their facilities on Monday, but under strict restrictions. What are the rules exactly and how will they affect the team?
In an official press release from the Sacramento Kings and the NBA on Wednesday, it was announced that the team would be reopening their facilities on Monday, May 11th. But much like the reopening of the rest of the world, the process will be slow, and there will be guidelines in place to help ensure the safety of everyone involved.
The decision was made based on the Sacramento County Public Health Order that was updated on May 1st, which allows the opening of non-contact recreational facilities. The Kings facilities will be open to the players on an individual, strictly voluntary basis.
While players can not work out together or share the court just yet, there will be up to four players allowed in the building at a time, and they must be following the NBA’s physical distancing procedures. There will be no group activity that is allowed to occur, including practices and scrimmages.
There will be temperature screening in place upon entrance to the facility and all players and staff must wear face coverings unless engaged in physical activity. There will be “rigorous” cleaning and disinfecting procedures by the staff to promote the well-being of the team.
So what does it all mean for the Kings?
For the players who were stuck in apartments or houses without access to a basketball hoop, this is huge. These guys live and breathe basketball and competition, and they were in the midst of a heated playoff push when the season was suspended. There will undoubtedly be players lined up at the door come Monday morning to get some shots up.
While it is certainly a positive and a step in the right direction, there is still no timetable for any kind of competition resuming. With every passing day, it becomes more and more unlikely that the NBA will continue the regular season, so the Kings could very well have played their last game of the 2019-’20 season.
But you can bet that as soon as players are allowed to begin playing and competing against each other, the guys on the Kings roster will be back in the gym working on their game together. There have been rumors of pushing the start of next season back to Christmas 2020, though that is all contingent on being able to finish out the remainder of ’19-’20. Pending the rules that the league creates for dealing with teams getting back to work, Sacramento might be able to get a jump on focusing on the next season.
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