NBA head coaches won’t be able to participate in/observe training when teams open facilities this week

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The NBA has loosened restrictions as it pertains to teams letting their players train amid the coronavirus pandemic, which leaves players in states that allow gyms to be open free to train under various guidelines.

According to NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the league will permit teams to delegate six assistants or player development personnel to supervise training, but head coaches won’t be allowed to participate in sessions, nor will they be able to observe them.

“Teams opening practice facilities for volunteer workouts will be able to designate six assistant coaches or player development personnel to provide supervision of player workouts on the courts, source tells ESPN,” Wojnarowski tweeted on Wednesday night. “Head coaches will not be allowed to participate or observe the player workouts, per sources.”

Some teams will have their practice facilities back open this coming Friday but Shams Charania has reported that the Los Angeles Lakers are targeting May 16 as a date on that front.

As widespread testing across the United States remains unavailable, the league has been stressing that teams should not test players unless they show symptoms of COVID-19. However, cardiac screening will be available to players who volunteer to participate in workouts.