Knicks, bubble-free NBA teams can start training in September

Knicks manager Tom Thibodeau will be able to get a first look at his new squad next month, as the NBA announced Tuesday that teams that did not participate in the Orlando bubble will be able to participate in training at their own facilities starting in September 14.

The agreement between the NBA and the players’ association “includes comprehensive health and safety protocols” for players, coaches and staff, according to a statement released Tuesday.

The training program is scheduled until 6 October and will be divided into two phases. The first phase, which will last the first week, will consist of voluntary individual training and COVID-19 testing. Intrasquad games and group training sessions will be able to take place starting from 21 September.

During the second phase of the training program, each team must create a “campus” in their hometown that will include accommodation along with the training facility.

Players assigned to a G-League affiliated organization will also be able to participate in this training program.