In a live press conference, Gov. Gavin Newsom stated that professional sports could return to California in early June without fans in attendance. What does this mean for the LA Clippers?
On the heels of the LA Clippers announcing the opening of their practice facility this week for voluntary workouts, the state’s Governor announced a possible return of live games. Newsom said if the current trend of Covid-19 cases in CA keeps trending as they currently are then there’s a good chance that sporting events could return without fans in attendance “…in that first week or so of June…”
This is very big news and there has been a lot of speculation as to whether or not the NBA season would return this year. In order for the league to come back, however, the rest of the states would need to be in the same boat. As far as the details- will the playoffs start right away, how will seeding be handled, are 10-day contracts going to be converted, etc. are still unclear.
It seems that the team is excited to get back to some sort of normalcy. After the announcement of the reopening of the team’s practice facility, Patrick Beverley took to Twitter with a cryptic tweet seemingly putting the league on notice of his return.
Just last week Yahoo’s Chris Haynes reported a private conference call with the league’s superstars took place in which Kawhi Leonard was in attendance. It’s reported that Leonard was one of the most outspoken players on the call in favor of resuming the ’19-’20 season.
This news gives Clippers fans some hope of a return to the franchise’s run at gaining its first title. There are still a lot of logistics to work out, and nothing is guaranteed, but any news is good news at this point. We will continue to provide updates as they are announced.