PBA teams begin practice in AUF as all tests come back negative

All PBA players, coaches and personnel are free of the coronavirus disease after clearing swab tests conducted upon their entry to the bubble in Clark, Pampanga.

Commissioner Willie Marcial confirmed the development Thursday following the release of official practice schedules for all teams.

"Everyone tested negative," he said in Filipino. "That means our closed-circuit bubble [before heading to Pampanga] was effective. Everyone was really disciplined and everyone took good care of themselves."

Teams had cleared tests earlier before heading to Clark and will be subjected to more swabs every two weeks.

Magnolia and Meralco were the first teams to return to practice earlier at the Angeles University Foundation Gym at 1 p.m, while Phoenix and Terra Firma followed suit at 3:30 p.m.

The Hotshots and the Fuel Masters utilized the main gym on the fourth floor. The Bolts and the Dyip, on the other hand, practiced on the second floor, which was transformed into a court after the league was able to borrow wooden flooring from the Philippine Arena.

TNT was scheduled to practice at 6 p.m after a 30-minute sanitation procedure -- a standard practice after each team before them hits the floor.

The five teams were the first batch to arrive at Quest Hotel last Monday.

All 12 squads can start practicing Friday as Alaska, Barangay Ginebra, Blackwater, NLEX, NorthPort, Rain or Shine and San Miguel all have their first practices in Pampanga lined up.