NBA players who have been out of work since the start of the lockout are now back in their hotels.
The NBA Players Association released a statement Friday saying that players and staff who have taken leave in order to care for loved ones, attend family events, or attend sporting events will be allowed back into the league on Monday.
Players and staff will be able to visit the team hotels on Monday, the statement said.
“The NBAPA and our members are very excited to return to work as we continue to support our players, fans, and employees during this difficult time,” NBAPA President Michele Roberts said in a statement.
“We are hopeful that we will be back in the NBA by the end of the week.
We thank our fans for their continued support and prayers during this time of need.”
Roberts said that the players and coaches would be allowed to return into the NBA for a minimum of three games a week.
The union had requested a lockout be lifted during the lockout, but the league denied that request in a Monday ruling.NBA players have been unable to play in any of the games scheduled for the week, with a possible exception on Wednesday when the Golden State Warriors face the San Antonio Spurs in a game scheduled to be played in Phoenix.NBA officials announced Friday that the NBAPA had agreed to a settlement to keep the players out of the league for a maximum of three weeks, the first of which will end on Tuesday.