Pelicans’ training facilities reportedly expected to remain closed through at least May 15

Feb 28, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guards Jrue Holiday (11) and Lonzo Ball (2) in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Later this week, the NBA is planning to allow teams to re-open their practice facilities. Despite the teams, players, and fans’ eagerness for the season to be back, the New Orleans Pelicans will not follow other NBA organizations, who may re-open their practice ground.

According to nola.com, the Pelicans’ practice facility in Metairie will remain closed through at least May 15, which is when Louisiana’s stay-at-home order runs through.

The NBA announced that the teams will be allowed to reopen facilities for voluntary workouts beginning May 8. The Pelicans feel the minimal advantage of opening the doors for individual workouts not worth the safety risk.

Considering the situation around the coronavirus pandemic and the several “unknowns”, players’ safety will be the NBA’s teams first priority if the season returns.