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NBA shutting down team training facilities to mitigate coronavirus spread

Players are being informed to take aggressive measures to ensure they avoid contact with virus.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks during the Commissioner Press Conference at the NBA All Star Games at Staples Center. Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: March 19, 1:54 p.m. — The NBA announced Thursday the plan to shut down all team training facilities in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. The League is urging players to take aggressive measures to ensure they don’t get infected.

The NBA held a call with the Board of Governors on Tuesday and the owners were given a pretty blunt message on when the League will resume play. Ex-surgeon general Vivek Murthy gave the owners hope the season will be back before July. So that’s right in line with the start in the middle of June we were expecting. It’s still a very long layover due to the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.

Here’s some additional insight from The Athletic’s Shams Charania: