As the NBA is nearing a potential return to its 2020 season, some Knicks players have been told recently to be ready to report to train in early June, sources tell SNY's Ian Begley. However, where that exact location will be is still a mystery.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement on Sunday that stated all professional sports teams are now allowed to begin training camps in the state could impact this development for the Knicks. As long as it adheres to health protocols, Cuomo is saying teams like the Knicks can restart their process of getting back to the season.
While that might make sense for all the Knicks to return to New York, there is the ESPN report that says some teams from regions with more regulations amid this coronavirus pandemic, like the Big Apple, are wondering if they could head down to Walt Disney World in Orlando -- the proposed destination for NBA resumption -- right away.
The reasoning behind that is because players would be traveling from all over to return to the state in which their team plays, they will need to be quarantined before being able to participate with their teammates. Of course, that will need to happen upon the arrival to Orlando -- if that is the destination to return to play -- but having to do is again for a second time is something those teams in those markets want to avoid.
Here's what the NBA said about the "exploratory talks" with The Walt Disney Company to use their resort as a potential return to the 2020 season.
"The NBA, in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association, is engaged in exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney Company about restarting the 2019-20 NBA season in late July at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida as a single site for an NBA campus for games, practices and housing," NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass said. "Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place."
No matter the locations, Knicks players will be asked to be in as best of shape as possible for whenever the season is to resume. And they could be doing so without hitting the floor anyway.
With a 21-45 record at the moment, the Knicks are 12th in the Eastern Conference. The league has yet to decide if they will be finishing out the regular season (the Knicks still have 16 games left), or jumping right into a playoff format. If the latter is the eventual decision, the Knicks would be done for the year.
But that's not in the minds of the players at the moment. Per Begley, several players are optimistic that training will begin in June to prepare for whatever season the NBA decides on down the road.