Lakers’ practice facility will reopen on limited basis Saturday

With the blessing of L.A. County health officials, the Lakers will reopen their exercise center on Saturday for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic March 11, then close the team’s training centers, on a limited basis. Athletic’s Shams Chanaria reported on Friday morning.

The UCLA Health Training Center in El Segundo is open to players and staff in accordance with strict NBA guidelines and is open less than seven days a week.

In areas where permitted by local public health officials, the NBA teams last week began to allow reopen exercise facilities for voluntary, socially distant training in accordance with the detailed safety protocols established by the NBA under the guidance of health officials, the CDC and specialists in infectious diseases.

According to a league release, this means that teams must adhere to the following restrictions:

• No more than four players are admitted to a facility at the same time;

• No head or assistant coaches can participate;

• Group activities (including practices and scrimmages) remain prohibited;

• Players are still excluded from using non-team facilities (such as public health clubs or fitness centers) to train.

In a Zoom video conference last week with reporters, Lakers coach Frank Vogel said he is looking forward to the facility reopening.

“Like the entire reopening of our country, it will happen in stages,” said Vogel. “The NBA rolled out what the first phase looked like for us. No more than four players at a time with one coach and there are of course limitations on what you can really achieve in that setting. However, that’s a big step from where they’ve been for the past six or seven weeks or wherever they have been. I think we should find that balance by pushing their conditioning without breaking down their bodies.

“It’s a big unfamiliarity when you have players who haven’t been on the basketball court for so long. No one has ever really been in this kind of situation before, so I think we all get our heads together, rely heavily on the guidance of us sports performance team, the common sense of our coaching staff and try to build them at the right pace and try to find that balance. ‘

LA County announced last week that a limited number of companies – including golf courses and those selling toys, books, clothing, sports equipment, music and flowers – could open with security measures.

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