The NBA and the Nationwide Basketball Gamers Affiliation have agreed to not conduct randomized exams for marijuana throughout the 2020-21 season.
“As a result of uncommon circumstances together with the pandemic, we’ve agreed with the NBPA to droop random testing for marijuana for the 2020-21 season and focus our random testing program on performance-enhancing merchandise and medicines of abuse,” NBA spokesperson Mike Bass stated in an announcement.
The NBA enacted an analogous coverage throughout the league’s bubble on the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, this previous summer time, the place the league had 22 of its 30 groups reconvene to play eight seeding video games and a full playoffs, which ultimately topped the Los Angeles Lakers as champions.
Tuesday marked the start of coaching camp for groups across the league, although gamers can work out solely individually for the primary few days due to precautions being taken because of the coronavirus pandemic. Full-team practices are scheduled to start Sunday, and the primary preseason video games will happen Dec. 11.
The NBA common season, which shall be 72 video games — down from the same old 82-game schedule — will start Dec. 22. The total schedule is ready to be unveiled on ESPN’s The Bounce on Friday afternoon.