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Report: Hawks looking to re-open practice facilities next week

The Hawks were a big reason why the NBA pushed back the opening date for facilities last week. Now, they’re looking to re-open soon.

Fans walk by a statue of former NBA player Dominique Wilkins in front of State Farm Arena where a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks was cancelled after the NBA season was suspended due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.  Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks are looking to re-open practice facilities next week, team president Travis Schlenk told 92.9 The Game in Atlanta. The NBA was originally planning on re-opening all practice facilities on May 1, allowing teams to get individual workouts in with some team personnel.

The Hawks were among the teams urging the League to push the date back. Not only did they do that, but the NBA also made it so the cities and teams can decide if they want to return to practicing. So the Hawks waited it out a bit and now practice facilities will be allowed to open on May 8.

The state of Georgia lifted restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, so businesses are re-opening and the city is somewhat going back to normal. It’ll be a while until that’s fully in place, but it allows the Hawks to get back to practicing. Despite the restrictions being eased, the Hawks were still hesitant to bring back practice. We’ll wait on official word from the team at this point. No other teams have indicated they will re-open practice.

UPDATE: Shams is also saying now that it will be a total of six assistant coaches/player personnel who will be permitted at the individual workouts. No more than four people at a time.