Los Angeles Lakers: Frank Vogel wisely isn’t worried about practice facilities opening up

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As the NBA starts to reopen its practice facilities, the Los Angeles Lakers will not be among the first wave of teams to do so.

It has felt like forever since we have last seen the Los Angeles Lakers in action.

Prior to the NBA being suspended due to the coronavirus, it looked like the Lakers were finding their groove. With big wins over the Los Angeles Clippers and the Milwaukee Bucks, the Lakers proved that they could beat the best teams in the league.

With no timetable of when the NBA will be returning, there has been some good news of late. In states that haven’t been hit too hard by the coronavirus, teams are starting to open up their practice facilities to players.

This is a big step in getting closer to playing games again, as players will need time to get back into game shape. For the Lakers, they will not be among the teams getting back into the practice facility on May 8th. There has been a lot of talk about whether some teams getting to open before others is fair or not, but Lakers head coach Frank Vogel isn’t worried.

Recently, Vogel spoke with reporters on a conference call about teams opening up their practice facilities before the Lakers, and this is what he had to say via ESPN.com.

"“There’s a competitive balance element to this that I personally am not really all that concerned about,” Vogel said on a video conference call with reporters on Wednesday. “I think we’re still a long way away from returning to play.”"

Even though the Lakers are not allowed to open their practice facility yet, there is a chance that they will be allowed to by next week. While it might not be great to hear, Vogel is right that it seems the NBA resuming is still a while away.

As we approach mid-May now without a plan, the best-case scenario for the season resuming feels like it would be in July now. If the Lakers were allowed to open up their practice facilities next week, they would have plenty of time to get ready still.

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With the country starting to reopen in some places, we will hopefully see the NBA be able to roll out a plan soon about finishing the season. Since the playoffs are right around the corner on the schedule, everyone wants to see a champion crowned.