LeBron James has reportedly held ‘safe’ practices with Lakers teammates
LeBron James is believed to be conducting private workouts with his Los Angeles Lakers teammates during the NBA’s shutdown, but safety protocols reportedly were followed in accordance with league-mandated social-distancing guidelines.
Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium broke the news about these James-led on-court workouts, which were said to be “safe” and held at an unknown location with only “one to two teammates” participating at each session.
LeBron James has held safe, private on-court workouts with some Lakers teammates at a secure location, our NBA @ShamsCharania reports. More details: pic.twitter.com/P4TamkL6li— Stadium (@Stadium) May 21, 2020
Charania shares in his report that to ensure safety, “all safety measures have been taken and everyone has been tested [for the virus]” before taking the court for the private workouts.
The NBA went on indefinite hiatus on March 11 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert contracted the coronavirus. The league has been on virtual lockdown ever since, but several teams recently reopened their facilities in a limited capacity with more teams beginning to follow suit.
A recent report indicated NBA teams expect the league to present guidelines before June 1 about how to get players reassembled for a makeshift training camp. The preliminary plan then would be for the season to resume sometime in July.
The NBA is presently considering a “bubble city” format for a season restart, and Walt Disney World in Orlando is believed to the be the front-runner to host such a setup.
The NBPA has expressed reservations about such a scenario, however, and it’s unknown how much progress the NBA and the Players Association have made in ironing out any issues related to resuming the 2019-20 under such unprecedented circumstances.
James presumably got the all clear to host these workouts from the Lakers and/or the NBA — the latter of which has been handling these kind of situations on a case-by-case basis — but it will nevertheless be worth monitoring how the team and the league respond to this recent reporting.