Knicks will practice in mid-September after NBA, players finally approve ‘Delete 8’ OTAs

The Knicks and new coach Tom Thibodeau will be back on the court for three weeks of voluntary workouts, starting in mid-September and lasting until Oct. 6.

The NBA and its players association finally approved voluntary “group workouts” for the “Delete 8’’ with strict COVID-19 testing, it was announced Tuesday.

The teams who were not part of the Orlando restart have long vied to have these sort of organized training activities because they hadn’t been together since March 11. The Post reported Saturday the league had scrapped the plan of a one-site bubble with games in favor of group practices at each team’s own site.

The NBA said the clubs will stage “a campus-like environment under controlled conditions” that “includes comprehensive health and safety protocols.’’

The first phase, beginning Sept. 14, will continue individual workouts that have been permitted, but add daily COVID-19 testing for players in town for the later group sessions.

On Sept. 21, the group practices will commence for two weeks with “group training activities that will include practices, skill and conditioning sessions and intrasquad scrimmages,” the league said.

There will be a continuation of daily testing and “private living accommodations’’ will be set up for players and coaches. Participants must not stray from either the facility or the living quarters.

The NBA said the teams can also have as many as five players who were on their G-League team but don’t have NBA contracts. The Knicks hope to look at eight young players — RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox, Frank Ntilikina, Dennis Smith Jr., Ignas Brazdeikis, Kenny Wooten and the newly acquired Jared Harper.

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