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Lakers could reportedly return to practice facility in May

Starting next month, the NBA is going to allow teams in certain states to conditionally re-open their practice faculties.

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The Los Angeles Lakers could resume their training at the UCLA Health Training Center, as Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported on Saturday that, beginning May 1, the NBA will allow certain teams to re-open their training facilities.

The NBA shut down training facilities on March 19. Around the same time, gyms were closed across the nation. Since then, players have been working out from home with the guidance of their training staffs in an effort to stay in shape for when the season returns.

Now, players will have some normalcy back in their day-to-day routines, but there will still be restrictions:

In addition, the opening of the practice facilities doesn’t necessarily mean the NBA is on the verge of announcing its return:

What it does mean, though, is that more players will be better conditioned to play what will likely be postseason-intensity basketball this year. The workouts players have been doing at home is definitely better than nothing, but most of them don’t have at-home gyms or basketball hoops because they haven’t needed to. With a full-sized court, a personal trainer and/or a few essential members of the training staff, the Lakers can start to get back into the swing of things.

The Lakers will be in an especially good position because their training facility feature two NBA regulation courts and eight baskets, so staying six-feet away shouldn’t be a problem. Obviously there are things that are much bigger than basketball, but as long as the Lakers are following the state and the CDC’s health and safety guidelines, they should be in good shape — both literally and figuratively.

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