Report: NBA players told to drive, not fly to their teams

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The NBA return date (if the league returns this season at all) is not known yet. But, the preparation for it has already begun. Teams are cautiously opening their practice facilities to players in slow re-opening process. Since the NBA season has been suspended on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic, some players chose to travel out of markets and returned home. For example, the Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic flew home to Slovenia.

In a memo obtained by Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA recommended players, who are not too far away from their markets, to drive instead of flying in order to limit risk of getting infected with COVID-19. “If within reasonable driving distance of their team markets,” they should drive, not fly, “to avoid more crowded travel settings,” the memo reads.