NBA Opening Practice Facilities For Some Teams On May 1st

April 26, 2020

The NBA has seen its season under suspension for well over a month now as the United States continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

There might be some light at the end of the tunnel as some states are set to ease stay-at-home restrictions here in the next several days.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA will allow teams to open their practice facilities in states and cities where stay-at-home restrictions have been eased or will be eased. The process will start May 1.

Patrick Beverley is making it clear that his team is not looking up at anybody.

In an Instagram Live session with ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth on Saturday, the LA Clippers guard was asked if he saw the rival LA Lakers as the team to beat.

“No,” replied Beverley. “I mean that with absolutely no disrespect. Not only the Lakers organization but to any organization. Everyone is preparing to win a championship, so I can’t discredit anyone.

The Golden State Warriors won’t reopen their team facilities unless they receive clearance from San Francisco Mayor London Breed, a team spokesperson told Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday.

“We’ll do whatever London Breed says,” they said.

It was reported earlier Saturday that the NBA will allow teams in states loosening their respective stay-at-home orders to host individual workouts at their training facilities beginning May 1. Team facilities have been ordered closed since March 20.

Kobe Bryant had a terrific NBA career, no doubt about it, but there was something about Kobe that could make his legend even greater. Back in 2013, after he surpassed Wilt Chamberlain on the all-time scoring list, he had a very interesting interview with ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, describing the relationship between Chamberlain and his family.

“I remember the first time I met him [Wilt Chamberlain] when I was about eight years old,” Kobe Bryant said. “The first thing that struck me was that, the first thing I thought of was he was ‘Bombata’ from [‘Conan the Destroyer’]. That was the most impressive thing to me.”

Former Detroit Piston and Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman is one of the most most polarizing athletes in history. Rodman’s unapologetic attitude, unique style and overall weirdness separate him from other star players throughout NBA history.

In the same vein, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is one of the most well-known, controversial and eccentric leaders in world politics. In recent years, both Rodman and Kim have become friends.

With the third and fourth parts of the ESPN Bulls documentary The Last Dance premiering on Saturday and reports coming in that the North Korean leader is on his death bed, it seems like a good time to examine the odd and complicated relationship between the two.

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