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The NBA and NBPA Will Ban All Mandatory Offseason Team Activities

The NBA and NBPA will deny any sort of offseason team activities at this time.

For the past month, the eight teams held out of the NBA’s restart effort have been pushing the league to allow them to hold some form of mandatory OTAs during the Summer. The idea was similar to that of the Disney World bubble city in which teams will be able to hold joint practices and even televise games.

However, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post, the NBA ruled out the possibility of “informal group-setting team workouts” this offseason. The NBA will still allow teams to practice at their respective facilities while following safety guidelines.

“Candidly, while I appreciate that there will be a bit of a layoff, I think there are some things these teams can do to get the guys that are not playing some (benefit) by their not being involved in Orlando. But unless we could replicate in every way the protocol that’s been established for Orlando, I’d be — I’m being tame now — suspicious,” NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts said in a conference call.

The eight teams who did not qualify for the restart were the Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, and Charlotte Hornets.


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