Timberwolves set to reopen practice facility Thursday

Mar 10, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jarrett Culver (23) dribbles against Houston Rockets forward Robert Covington (33) in the second half at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

With some states easing their stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic, more than half of the NBA’s teams have reopened their practice facilities.

According to the Minnesota Timberwolves’ team site, the franchise will reopen its practice facility Thursday. The Timberwolves will be No. 18 out of the league’s 30 teams to reopen their facilities.

The workouts are voluntary, and only one coach and one player will be permitted to be on the floor, per the site’s release. A 12-foot distance must be kept, and staff members are required to wear masks and gloves while in the building. Players must also wear masks, save for when they’re on the floor. The workouts are limited to 45 minutes.

The number of teams that had reopened their practice facilities as of Monday was 16, per Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Per ESPN’s Malika Andrews, Dr. Robby Sikka and the Mayo Clinic will lead a league-wide study that will work to “establish what percentage of NBA players, coaches, executives and staff have developed antibodies to the coronavirus.” Sikka is the Timberwolves’ vice president of basketball performance and technology.

Before the season was put on pause, the Timberwolves were 19-45 and ranked 14th in the Western Conference.