“We would like to recognize and thank our players for their dedication, connectedness and patience during this unprecedented time,” the statement read. “We saw promising growth during the season and significant improvement individually and collectively from the start of the campaign through March 11. Since that time, our players, with the support of our coaching and athletic training staffs, have been diligent and professional in staying prepared, in the hopes of having the opportunity to restart their season and finish strong.”
It's not clear what the offseason rules and procedures will be for the eight teams excluded from Orlando. As of now, teams cannot practice together in practice facilities and only individual workouts are allowed, but that may change since games are tentatively scheduled to begin July 31.
“We remain engaged in finding ways for our team to compete and continue the important growth and development that was a core focus for our team this season,” the statement read.
The possible start date for the 2020-2021 season is Dec. 1, although it’s possible that could get pushed back to late December. If that’s the case, the Hawks may go around nine months without playing a game.